Many parks in Trafford will see something different this year as Trafford Council gives some of them an upgrade, we like the green side of the upgrades more so the protection of an endangered species.
Money was found through the capital improvements programme which we believe was around £1m, it will also see £375,000 improvements to Turn Moss where they will get a new changing room and better playing surfaces.
A full list is below of the parks included in the upgrade:
John Leigh Park Altrincham : New trim trail equipment and restoration of existing heritage gates and damaged gate posts
Navigation Recreation Ground: Flood alleviation works and replacement swing set
Denzell Gardens in Bowdon: gets a new safer path surface
Dunham Bridge: Trans Penine Trail drainage improvements
Cross Lane Park Partington: Relocation of a new roundabout in the play area.
Oak Road Park Partington: Will get a new youth shelter
Hullard Park Old Trafford: Pond improvements
Gorse Hill Park: Phase 2 of play area improvements and relocation of the junior playground including a new climbing frame, work will also include revamping of the infant play area
Lostock Park: Introduction of an orchard, long grass regime and wildflower meadow to encourage more wildlife.
Priory Woods Sale: Much needed fencing and safety barrier installation
Worthington Park Sale: Improvements to the skate park
Urmston Meadows: New footpath route to provide better access to an existing footpath, and creating a better habitat for water voles which are an endangered species
We are also told that work at this time on Cross Lane Park in Partington where hedges and some trees have been cut down on the footpath from Chapel Lane were done by the Friends of Cross Lane Park, we expect something to be done with the small gold course as now it will be unsafe for anyone to be using it.
Nothing is down for Walton Park where a new surface for the car park is required, humps to the sports centre need removing and as of now some bushes have been destroyed and need either replacing or removing, we hear consistently from bowlers about people ripping up the surface, what we suggest them to do is to apply for funding for a proper metallic fence around one of the bowling greens and do away with the other.
Walton Park in Sale is much-loved and used by the many dog walkers and all of them treat the park as they do with other parks they go in with the utmost respect, bowlers have every right to complain however they should do this through the council or a political councillor.