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Plans to improve King George’s Playing Field go on view

King George's Playing Field Published Friday, 26 May 2017

Have your say on plans to create a woodland trail with play equipment and sculptures, add seating and picnic tables and improve drainage at King George’s Playing Field in Thornton.

Earlier in the year, those who use the site and live locally shared their ideas for how the area could be improved.

Wyre Council is now inviting people to view the proposals they helped to shape, at a special event taking place at Marsh Mill in Thornton on Saturday 3 June, from 10.30am until 1.30pm.

Mark Billington, Service Director People and Places at Wyre Council, said: “We’ve created proposals based on feedback from the original consultation that we think will allow more people in the local community to make use of the playing field.

“Alongside sculptures and play equipment to appeal to families and encourage exploration of the woodland and brook, we’ve taken into account requests for seating, picnic areas and additional bins.

“We’d like to know what residents think about the idea of a dedicated outdoor gym area or trim trail and if they think the pavilion would be used more if it was improved. With the views of local people shaping our work, we hope to transform the area into an attractive green space that can be enjoyed by all.”

Drainage improvements form a vital element of the improvements so the site can carry more matches by local football and rugby union players.

Drop in to the event at Marsh Mill, Fleetwood Road North, any time between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday 3 June to see the plans and have your say.

In addition to the consultation, visitors to the event can also enjoy tours of Marsh Mill and see the sails turning, and take part in an Xplorer family navigation challenge to find markers located around the field.

Anyone interested in becoming more active and living a healthier lifestyle can find out about Wyre’s health walks programme and volunteering opportunities or talk to the YMCA team from Thornton Health and Fitness Centre, who will be offering healthy living advice.

£54,000 is available to improve the playing fields and the land adjacent, north of Royles Brook, which lie between Thornton Health and Fitness Centre and Marsh Mill Shopping Village on Fleetwood Road North.

Dedicated to the memory of King George V, the playing fields were first formed in the 1930s before being further developed under the design direction of the famous Thomas Mawson practice in the 1960s. Today there's a floodlit pitch, children's play area, woodland area, pond, miniature railway and disused pavilion.

All the feedback obtained at the event will be used to develop the proposals, calculate costs and apply for additional funding. Construction work is likely to start in 2018 and be phased over a number of years.

For more information email parks@wyre.gov.uk or call 01253 891000.

Can't make the event? View the plans and tell us what you think online.

View photos of King George's Playing Field and illustrations of proposed new features:

King George's Playing Field, Thornton

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