Lancashire council opts for synthetic play turf

Lancashire play chiefs have ditched grass in favour of synthetic turf for a children's area in a local park.

Rossendale Borough Council centred plans to improve Whitaker Park on a new children's play area.

Supplier Notts Sport and the council asked local school children and the park action group for their proposals.

"The old toddler play kit was set in grass and was outdated," said Tamzin Perceval, the council's assistant operations manager for parks and open spaces.

"In the past we used wetpour rubber, but because the design included a sandpit, we needed a surface that wouldn't turn into an ice rink when sand gets onto it.

"We also needed to meet current safety standards and wanted a product that would more or less look after itself. We chose ChildsPlay surfacing."

Groundwork Pennine Lancashire project managed the scheme, with funding from Big Lottery Fund, landfill tax credits and Whitaker Park Action Group.

The result includes modern swings, slides, a roundabout and climbing frames, enclosed by a fence on a shock-absorbent layering.

Saint Leisure installed the system, and the authority aims to enter Whitaker Park, which also boasts multi-use games and BMX areas, into the Green Flag Awards.

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