The first of 13 play spaces created by 2020 Knowsley for eight to 13 year-olds has been officially opened.

The future of play

Young people in Knowsley can look forward to a summer spent playing outdoors with the official opening of the first of 13 play spaces created by 2020 Knowsley for eight to 13 year-olds across the borough.

The opening, at Henley Park in Whitson, is 2020 Knowsley’s first Play Pathfinder space and marks a considerable step in a £4m joint venture between Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council and consulting and business services group Mouchel to bring 28 new play spaces to Knowsley – a further 15 sites are due to be created in the coming year.   

The landscape architect team leader for 2020 Knowsley, Mike Porter, believes the team has successfully achieved Play England’s main goal, moving away from more traditional approaches to create play area designs that are “exciting, innovative and engaging”.

Speaking at the official opening, Councillor Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “Henley Park has attracted hundreds of children and families since its installation – evidence that this is a much-needed facility – and these new play spaces will provide the latest in outdoor, adventurous play.”

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