Feb 15 2011 By Charlotte Hudson
A RUNDOWN play area in Leasowe is to get a new lease of life thanks to a £70,000 makeover.
The children’s area - on Whiteheath Way - used to be known as the Rosegarden, but vandalism and neglect caused it to fall into hard times.
But now, it will be landscaped and kitted out with new swings, play equipment and activity units, as well as seating and picnic areas.
Councillor Sheila Clarke, Wirral’s cabinet member for children’s services and lifelong learning, said: "The official ‘first turf cutting’ – appropriately on Valentine’s Day – marked the start of some much needed TLC for the park. We hope that, once again, it becomes an area where children and families really want to go."
The national Playbuilder initiative is funding the scheme, which has been drawn up in consultation with nearby Castleway Primary School.
Cllr Clarke said: "Play areas which have already been modernised are seeing big increases in the number of children using them but, with more than 70 play areas around the borough, there is still work to do.
"Through Area Forums, we are keen to work with parents and residents who want their local play area improved."