BROWNS Lane recreation area in Wilmslow is being transformed into a small neighbourhood park for people of all ages.

The transformation is being made possible thanks to a £500,000 investment by Cheshire East Council.

The park includes an accessible path with seating, play area with inclusive play opportunities, multi-use games area and informal natural turf ‘kickabout’ pitch.

A sustainable drainage system has been installed, which includes a new pond.

The money has come from developer contributions linked to new housing developments.

Cheshire East Council said the scheme provided a much-needed recreation facility for Wilmslow and Dean Row.

Councillor Laura Crane said: “This project has been eagerly anticipated among many residents keen to have this green space transformed.

“I’m delighted the work is progressing so well. There is more to do, such as signage installation and tree planting, but the project is well on its way in allowing families and young children to benefit from a first-class recreation park.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value and importance of our outdoor green spaces as the country has moved into a second national lockdown.”

Cllr Toni Fox said: “As local ward member I am delighted that the long-awaited improvements have been made to what was an underused recreation area.

“This is a fantastic local facility that has been funded by developer contributions.

“It has been designed to be of benefit to residents of all ages year round, and is within walking distance for many who live in the Dean Row area, meaning they no longer have to drive to other places.

“I’d like to thank Ansa for all their assistance, particularly in relation to the public consultations they carried out with residents at the design stage.

“Thank you also to the contractors for all their hard work and for keeping the project on schedule.”

Each year the council undertakes a number of park and play area improvement projects in towns across the borough. The local community is always involved in the design and takes part in a consultation to check they are supportive of the plans.