Playgrounds: formal play spaces in Blackburn with Darwen
The Borough has a wide variety of equipped play spaces, provided by the Council, Twin Valley Homes, Parish Councils and Trusts. However, it also has an extensive provision of informal play spaces, using the natural environment. All parks and Council grass pitches are informal play spaces. In addition, many other green spaces are suitable for play.
The following details give a brief summary of the larger equipped play sites:
- Location map showing key sites within the Borough (as listed below)
- Information about all the Borough's parks
Destination Play space
Witton is a Country Park with ample car parking, disabled parking bays, good access to the equipped play space, toilets and a café. There is also a visitor centre with a small animal collection, woods, nature trails and footpaths suitable for wheelchairs.Trampers(all terrain motorised buggies) are also available for hire.
District Play spaces
These play spaces are generally of a good size, with additional equipment for older young people. These sites often include or have nearby a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA):
- Audley Sports and Community Centre, Chester Street, Blackburn
- Barlow Institute, Edgworth
- Burnley Road, Blackburn
- Corporation Park, Blackburn
- Harrison Recreation ground, Blackburn
- Manxman, Blackburn
- Olive Lane, Darwen
- Queens Park, Audley, Blackburn
- Roe Lee Park, Blackburn
- Delph Lane, Whitebirk, Blackburn
- Rothesay Road, Shadsworth, Blackburn
- Hereford Road, Whitebirk, Blackburn
Neighbourhood Play spaces
Neighbourhood play spaces will have 6-8 pieces of play equipment and usually cater for a smaller catchment than the District play spaces.
- Whitehall Park, Darwen
- Longton Street, Audley, Blackburn
- Kendal Street, Shearbrow, Blackburn
- Blacksnape, Marsh House, Darwen - next to extensive sports pitches
Local Play spaces
There is a wide variety of smaller local sites, provided by the Council, Twin Valley Homes, Parish Councils and Trusts. If you would like any further information, please contact us.
Play space maintenance and improvements
The Council equipped sites are regularly inspected and undergo a certified external annual inspection.
Sites are improved as funds allow. Many sites have benefited from local groups raising money and applying for grants not available to the Council.
The Play Strategy emphasises the importance of natural play opportunities, which give more creative, challenging and stimulating play. The Strategy asks for all equipped play spaces to now include some element of natural play. Research has shown that children want to play outdoors, in parks and open spaces, but also close to home, in the street.
Increasing opportunities for informal play
Is there somewhere in your local area that might be suitable for informal play, that needs improving, cleaning up or just getting local agreement? An informal play space has no formal equipment, but is used by local children for free play and having fun.
It is always worth asking the land owner and sometimes there are local community or residents groups who can help.