New improved play area reopens in Weir

The new improved play area in Weir, a project that has seen Rossendale Borough Council, Weir Pride and Community Interest Company Proffitts – Investing in Communities working together, is now completed and open again for visitors. 

As part of the upgrade, the existing climbing frame has been extended, the old trim trail and timber toddler unit have been removed, and new pieces of toddler and junior play equipment including a zipline, basket swing and sandpit have been installed. Natural play elements including stepping stones, tunnels, boulders, and earth mounds have also been added. Additional seating, a new sand filled carpet surface, new trees and wildflowers, new fencing, a new formal woodland path amongst the trees, and colourful signage designed by talented children from Northern Primary School in Weir complete the new design. 

Councillor Barbara Ashworth, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Health and Wellbeing, told us ‘’We’re thrilled that we have been able to improve Weir Play Area. We know that residents have wanted to see the space upgraded for a long time, and I’m certain that they will enjoy meeting, playing, and socialising here a lot more now that works have been completed. It’s wonderful to be able to provide community facilities that will encourage children to get out in the fresh air and have fun with their friends.’’ 

Cara Duffy, from Weir Pride said: ‘’We’d like to thank all of the local residents for their support during the consultation, planning, and building stages of the project – lots of people have shared their ideas and feedback, and we’re excited to be able to finally welcome everyone to the new space. We’d particularly like to thank the funders from FCC Community Action Fund, Lancashire Environment Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Nations Lottery Awards for All, and Rossendale Borough Council for making this happen. We couldn’t have done it without them!’’ 



Published: Wednesday, 20th March 2024