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How the new play equipment at the Pennington Flash Nature Park will look

First preview of how new Pennington Flash play area could look

by Editor

Designs for a new play area at Pennington Flash Nature Reserve will be on show to the public this Saturday (16 July 2022) – and you’re invited to have your say.

The proposals are part of a £2.4m makeover of the facilities at the local beauty spot, which will also include a new visitor centre and café.

Plans for the inclusive nature-themed adventure play area include brand new swings, climbing frames and zip lines – plus a central Toddler ‘Lake’ featuring play equipment modelled on swans and boats.

Concepts for the new Nature Park will be on display at Pennington Flash this weekend, near the existing playground, from 12pm to 4pm.

Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s portfolio holder for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The new play area promises to be a fabulous addition to Pennington Flash Nature Reserve, making it an even more attractive place for families to spend a day out.

“We’re delighted with how our plans have been coming together and we’re really excited to share our progress.

“We want this to be a wonderful asset for the whole community, and as such we’d love as many people as possible to come along to see our plans, talk to members of our design team and help us shape the final result.

“This will be an inclusive play area which children with additional needs will be able to enjoy with their families and friends, and we’re particularly keen for feedback on this element from children and families – including members of our Wigan Parent Carer Forum.”

The plans, which have been developed following initial feedback from young people, are intended to complement the play area’s surroundings and include a seating and picnic area alongside play equipment suitable for under 5s and children up to the age of 11.

Subject to planning approval, work on the play area is expected to begin early in 2023 with a view to completion in the spring.

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