Playgrounds

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Corporation Park wooden climbing frame.

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.

Witton Playground

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):

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.

Contact details

Mail Amenities division, Environmental Services, Davyfield Road, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 585921
Fax Number(s) 01254 585083
E-mail amenities@blackburn.gov.uk
Extra Information

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