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Council expected to approve £1.4m Runcorn park masterplan

Halton Borough Council is expected to approve a new masterplan for a comprehensive set of improvements at the borough’s largest park.

Plans for Town Park in Runcorn, which covers almost 157 hectares, include three new visitor/activity hubs and updates to the artificial ski slope.

A key element of the proposals is the development of the three hubs – the Northern Heritage Hub, the Central Activity Hub and the Southern Adventure Hub.

The Southern Adventure Hub would comprise the long-standing dry ski slope and miniature railway.

Illustrated masterplan – click here to see full size.

A report to Halton Borough Council’s executive board, which is recommending the masterplan for approval, says the slope currently has poor facilities and is the least up to date of the three sites and requires substantial investment.

The report adds: “[The hub] has the potential to extend the facilities to improve the existing ski provision by adding an outdoor pursuits centre, café and improvements to the miniature railway and themed playground; making it an attractive location for families to visit.”

It’s proposed that general improvements to the park will be carried out over a 4-5 year period in an attempt to raise the overall standard of the green space to that of Halton’s other major open spaces such as Runcorn Hill Park.

Proposed café.

Under the masterplan, entrances, boundaries and signage will be “rationalised and better defined” with the aim of improving access and circulation and path connections for park users.

Town Park was created as part of the original Runcorn New Town development with the aim of forming a central landscape feature for local residents.

It’s anticipated that improvements to the whole park infrastructure will cost circa £1.4 million. Development of the three hub facilities will be funded separately.

Halton council’s executive board will rule on the masterplan next Thursday (13 December).