Residents in Grappenhall and Thelwall have been thrilled with the green revamp of Euclid Park that has taken place this spring, achieved with funding secured by The Mersey Forest and Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council from the Play Pathfinder Programme.
The previously drab and uninteresting park has been brought to life with a 'natural play' area of logs for children to clamber upon, new buggy and bicycle-friendly paths, new trees, more colourful shrubs, new seating, a community orchard of apple, cherry, pear and plum trees, and an edible fruit hedge, planted by residents themselves at a community planting day (pictured).
Cllr Mike Biggin, chair of Grappenhall and Thelwall Parish Council and member of The Mersey Forest steering group, said: "Use of the park has rapidly increased, from joggers, to parents having to drag eager youngsters off the logs, to mums pushing babies through the park rather than along the road. Groups of young people gravitate to the bench. It's wonderful and a living part of the area at last!"
The verdict was echoed by children enjoying the natural play area who said that: "This park is now really cool!" and a local mum who commented that she would now bring her little boy to the park more often so that he could ride his bike, thanks to the new paths.
Two local schools have been involved in the project. Children from Bradshaw Lane Primary carried out hedge and bulb planting to brighten the site, and to complete the project pupils from St.Wilfrid's C.E. Primary School have helped to create welcoming entrance artwork to invite people into the park.