SUPPORTERS of plans to give a major boost to Garstang’s Kepple Lane playing field/park have begun the first phase of their ambitious community project.
Their aim is to create a community space which can be used and enjoyed by all Garstang residents, revitalising the playing field area.
A sod cutting ceremony was held at the park to start the work on the £20,000 sensory gardens area recently. It is the initial part of the project’s first phase which will cost £85,000.
Trustee Coun Gordon Harter said: “The sensory garden will be completed, weather permitting, by mid to late November, and at that stage we will be looking at what is required for the stage/seating area.
It is anticipated that stage will go in shortly after Christmas.”
The trustees are hoping the whole of the first phase, will be complete by next Spring, by which time the park will include the sensory garden, an open air stage, play equipment and a youth shelter.
Cash towards the cost for the first phase is to come Garstang Town Council (£15,500), ‘planning gain’ cash from the Masonic Hall site development (£8,750), the National Lottery (£10,000), the Lancashire Environment Fund (£30,000) and several small grants.
Coun Harter said the current funds were around £20,000 short of the total, but fundraising was on-going.
The trustees have no strict timetable for the second and third phases of the Kepple Lane project. Phases two and three are likely to see the re-development of the football pitch, a picnic area, or a tots’ play area and trim trail.