After Cheshire West and Chester Council spent £900,000 transforming it into a multi-purpose outdoor attraction, Winsford Town Park has reopened to the public. The green space near the town centre has become an attractive public area, with various new facilities for Winsford residents to enjoy.
Cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure Brian Clarke said: “Winsford Town Park has been carefully redesigned with a great deal of thought and consideration for what the people of Winsford would want and need in a modern day public park. The idea was to create a beautiful space in the centre of the town that could be used by the whole community and to breathe new life back into the area.”
He added: “The newly refurbished park is something the town and its people can be proud of and is further evidence of the council’s ongoing commitment to the regeneration of Winsford.”
New pathways now make allow residents to easily walk from the town centre into the park and the flashes on the River Weaver. Within the park, families can enjoy the new children’s play area, or work up a sweat on the exercise equipment and use the multi-use games area. Residents in search of a more relaxing time can enjoy the wildlife ponds and viewing platform.
The project began last year with the removal of dead and overgrown trees, the planting of new ones and a redesign of the landscape.
Horticulturalist Jo Fawcett provided expert advice on the park’s colourful and thoughtful planting layout. Jo said: “My design uses different forms of colour, texture, and movement producing multi-seasonal interest throughout the year. My inspiration came from the Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf who follows a very naturalistic palette of plants in his designs for public spaces around the world”.
The park also features the work of public artist Liam Hopkins, from creative studio Lazerian, who organised a number of workshops for the residents of Winsford to become involved in the development of the park. Liam’s artwork celebrates the history of the town and focuses on the salt industry that the town has been built around.
Source: So Cheshire