Winsford Town Park has reopened to the public after Cheshire West and Chester Council spent £900,000 turning it into a multi-purpose outdoor attraction.
The green space, close to the town centre, has been transformed into an attractive public area with a range of new facilities for Winsford residents to enjoy.
Cllr Brian Clarke, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, 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.”
The development is a joint project between Cheshire West and Chester Council and Winsford Town Council, which owns the park.
It was re-designed by Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Total Environment Team.
New pathways now make it easy for residents to walk from the town centre into the park and the flashes on the River Weaver.
Once inside the park, families can enjoy the new children’s play area or get fit on 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 to 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.”
Jo previously worked on the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire, where she has experience of large scale horticulture, design, plantmanship and high quality maintenance and development.
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.