New facilities added to a popular play area in Baxenden have proved a hit with local children.

The new facilities, which local school children helped to choose, have been added to Baxenden Recreation Ground play area and include an aerial runway, a basket swing, a rodeo board, a large rotator and new swings. This complements the existing range of play equipment for younger children including slides, a dish roundabout and a rotating climbing net.

The improvements are a result of Baxenden Community Forum working closely with the Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum to be awarded a grant of £30,000 from the Lancashire Environmental Fund and a further contribution of £30,000 from Hyndburn Council.

Shelia McVan of Baxenden Community Forum said; “Although the weather has been cold the local children have been enjoying the playground when they come out of school.  You can tell when they are on it as there is a lot of yelps and laughter”.

Councillor Paul Cox said; “The improvements are part of an ongoing plan to improve the Borough’s play areas. We work closely with local groups like the Baxenden Community Forum and the local community to provide a community facility which can be enjoyed by the current and future generations of children and families.”

Pictured: Harvey Robbins (12) and Molly Robbins (9) try out the new basket swing at Baxenden Play Area, with L-R Cllr Paul Cox, Cllr Kath Pratt and granddaughter Lauren Pratt (2), Bill Matthews, Chair of Baxenden Community Forum and Sheila McVan Secretary of Baxenden Community Forum.