A YOUTH club is trying to reclaim a Wigan park from the trouble-makers and give it back to the fun-lovers.
The youngsters are planning a packed schedule of events at Jubilee Park in Ashton to keep youngsters out of trouble during the long summer holidays.
Ashton Youth Action will put on activities throughout the six-week break from the borough’s schools at an area which has previously been blighted by anti-social behaviour.
The summer of events kicks off with a family fun day bringing together the Friends of Jubilee Park and the council-supported youth group, which meets twice a week at the popular Wigan Road green space’s pavilion.
The groups will be hoping the family-friendly programme generates some better headlines for the park, which was made the subject of a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) dispersal order for six months after gangs of youths made residents’ lives a misery.
The dispersal orders around the park, which allowed police to move along groups of two or more young people, were not extended in May following a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour.
Youth worker Claire Brown said: “The young people feel really passionately about the park and are determined to have a positive impact on their local community.
“They’ve been working hard on devising a summer programme that has something for people of all ages.
“They want everyone to come together and celebrate summer in the park and also see some of the great work they have been doing.”
The first opportunity to showcase the area this Sunday will see more than four hours of activities including an assault course, workshops, arts and crafts and a climbing wall as well as the chance to find out about getting in shape with the Feel Well health bus.
Ashton Youth Action is being supported in organising its programme of activities by the town hall’s voice and engagement team.
The first event was a fun day yesterday. The rest of the summer programme of activities is expected to be announced soon.