New Play Area Opens at Mercer Park, Clayton-Le-Moors 

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Councillor and colleagues at Mercer Park, with play area in background

Hyndburn Borough Council, in collaboration with the Clayton and Altham Prospects Panel and Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum announced the grand opening of the new play area at Mercer Park, Clayton-Le-Moors. This exciting new facility is the result of extensive community consultation and aims to provide a vibrant space for children in the local area and visitors to the park. 

Councillor and colleagues at Mercer Park, with play area in background 

The design of the play area was heavily influenced by feedback from local residents and schools. This collaborative effort ensured the final design met the diverse needs and expectations of the community. 


The new play area boasts 12 pieces of play equipment, catering to children of various ages and abilities. Key features include a trampoline for high-energy fun; extra swings to accommodate children with different abilities; three slides designed for various age groups; a wheelchair accessible roundabout and an aerial runway, offering an exciting experience for older children. 


The project was made possible through generous funding and support from multiple sources. The Lancashire Environment Fund awarded £40,000 to the Clayton and Altham Prospects Panel. In addition, the Council invested a further £125,000 to ensure the community’s aspirations for a new, modern play area were fully realised. 


Paul Worswick from the Clayton and Altham Prospects Panel expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “The new play area will be a great addition to Mercer Park, ensuring it continues to meet local people’s expectations as an award-winning park. We hope that it will become a cherished destination for families, promoting physical activity, social interaction, and community cohesion.” 


Councillor Kimberley Whitehead, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage, Parks & Open Spaces said, “The Council is grateful to all those who contributed to the successful completion of this project. We are proud of the parks and green spaces we have to offer across the borough and we want residents to continue to use these great facilities. 


Councillor Melissa Fisher, Clayton Le Moors, “The new play area at Mercer Park is now open and ready for children and families to enjoy. We invite everyone to come and explore the new features and the wider facilities of Mercer Park.” 


Cath Holmes, Chair of Hyndburn Green Spaces Forum and long-standing member of Clayton Le Moors & Altham Prospects Panel said, “We are delighted to have been able to support the Panel and the Council’s efforts for improvements at Mercer Park play area. Hyndburn is blessed with a number of Green Flag Parks and fantastic open spaces. We support any investment which improves our local parks. 






The Lancashire Environment Fund (LEF) is a partnership between SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures.   


The Fund has distributed over £25m of Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) grants support to community and environmental projects which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire since its start in 1998.  The Fund is supported financially by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council and various third party funders.