Work begins on new park adventure plan

From left, Adrian Lloyd from Wicksteed, CouKenny, John Hulme from Friends of Haigh Country Park and Lynsey Johnson from WLCT
From left, Adrian Lloyd from Wicksteed, CouKenny, John Hulme from Friends of Haigh Country Park and Lynsey Johnson from WLCT
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WORK has started to create an exciting adventure play area at Haigh Woodland Park as part of the £12m transformation of the site.

Contractor Wicksteed Playgrounds is developing the woodland-themed play facility on behalf of Wigan Council. With elements including adventure climbing, a treehouse and an interactive play feature, the attraction promises to provide a range of activities for children from 0-11 years plus teenagers and their families to enjoy.

Coun Paul Kenny, the council’s Cabinet member for Leisure, said: “Visitors to the park are in for a real treat when the play area is completed.

“It’s the first in a line of fresh activities, including a high ropes attraction and innovative adventure golf course, coming to Haigh over the next three years as we develop the site into a first class destination for tourists.”

John Hulme, Chair of the Friends of Haigh Country Park, who are involved in the project, said: “We are extremely pleased with the work commencing on the new adventure play area and hope the people of Wigan and beyond will come and enjoy the new play facilities at Haigh Woodland Park.”

Charlie Howard, managing director of Wicksteed, said: “Wicksteed has been leading the UK play industry in designing, supplying and installing playgrounds for almost 100 years and I can honestly say that the Haigh Woodland Park design is one of the most exciting in the company’s long history.”

The play area is due to be completed before the end of November. Wigan Council is investing around £4m in infrastructure improvements and new attractions within the 250 acres of woodland surrounding Haigh Hall. The deal will reduce the maintenance burden for Wigan Borough taxpayers by £8m over the next decade.

The new park will include a £6m restoration of the Grade II listed hall into a four-star boutique Contessa hotel, set to boost the local economy by £30m and increase visitor numbers to 500,000 per year.

Another highlight of the master plan includes a Kitchen Courtyard in the existing Stables block. See www.wigan.gov.uk/HaighWoodlandPark