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Phase 2 of improvements to Sandy Lane Park

10 February 2009

An improvement scheme at Sandy Lane Park Chester is set to begin on site this month.

More than £100,000 worth of city council-led improvements, part -funded by £35,000 the Big Lottery Fund's (BLF) Children Play programme will see new play equipment , including a large play boat, an undulating timber walkway and swings and roundabouts installed . The play area will also have new plants, trees and wood sculpture.

Outside the play area there will be new footpaths and improvements to footpaths, timber railings next to Sandy Lane as well as new signs and an avenue of alder trees alongside the river.

The proposals were drawn up by Chester City Council after consultation with Dee Banks Special Needs School, The Bishops' Blue Coat C of E High School and park users. Chester City Council hopes to continue involvement with Dee Banks School throughout the construction phase of the project so the children are able to see their ideas being built onsite.

Chester City Councillor Eric Plenderleath, executive member for culture and community said: "I am delighted that further improvements will at last be made to the Sandy Lane Park, thanks to the generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

"Sandy Lane Park is a well used facility by children from all over the district, but I am pleased that the local community, and particularly the schools, have taken part in deciding what new features they would like and that we have been able to take their ideas on board".

The play area will be closed to the public for 10 weeks from February 16th 2009. The remainder of the park and car park will remain open as usual.

The Big Lottery Fund Children's Play Programme has already helped fund improvements at Westminster Park play area and Blacon Adventure Playground.


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