South Liverpool park launch on Playday
Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Environment, Housing
Staff from Riverside and Casey environmental contractors join local children to launch Acrehurst park
A play area in Belle Vale, Liverpool, which has undergone a £150,000 face lift by social landlord Riverside, was opened to celebrate national Playday – the campaign to highlight the importance of play in children’s lives.
Acrehurst Park, formerly known as Sarum Park, was underused and dilapidated and had to be closed as it had become a danger to youngsters.
Riverside asked local children which types of play equipment they would like to see in the park. Now their ideas have been unveiled, ready for them to enjoy throughout the summer holidays.
The new park is part of a wider £5 million development to improve public spaces in the Childwall, Netherley and Belle Vale areas of the city.
Elise Watson is Riverside’s neighbourhood manager. She said: “It’s fitting that the new space was launched on national Playday 2012 – the campaign to promote outdoor play as crucial for children's health, well-being and happiness.”
Riverside’s green space strategy for the area sits alongside a major new building programme to provide 500 more affordable homes for rent and for sale over the next five years.
Elise added: “We’ve been talking to residents to find out their preferred use of outdoor spaces in their neighbourhoods. And we are keen for children to have their say, especially on play equipment.”
The park was renamed by local youngster, Rachel Daye, from Gateacre High School, in a competition earlier this year.