THESE exciting images show how Runcorn’s Town Park could look following a major  £1.4m revamp.

Halton Borough Council has unveiled an ambitious master-plan to transform the park into a visitor destination and  activity hub.

It is hoped the new and improved park would improve health and well-being, deter crime and anti-social behaviour and protect the land from future development.

Plans to breath new life into the area include developing a visitor centre with café and BMX track.

Three visitor and activity hubs will be developed separately and include the creation of a 'Southern Adventure Hub' featuring a new and improved ski slope and a miniature railway.

Plans to improve this area of the park also include erecting an outdoor pursuits centre and café to make it 'an attractive location for families to visit'.

The other two hubs will be a 'Central Activity Hub' at Phoenix Park, which will be enhanced for youth activities, and a 'Northern Heritage Hub', featuring the existing Norton Priory and Walled Garden.

Other elements of the master-plan include updating the car park in the Northern hub, so it meets 'a standard expected of a regional and national tourist attraction'.

Documents  published by the council hotline how the master-plan will also seek to protect the park from future development.

The works are expected to take between four to five years to complete, with a number of funding options for the phased development.

It is expected to cost around £1.4m for repairs and improvements to things such as boundary treatments, entrances and access points, improved paths, signage, vegetation, ponds and furniture refurbishment.

Funding for that part of the scheme is expected to be provided by sources including  Section 106 money, the Ineos energy-from-waste fund and external grants such as a the WREN landfill tax credit scheme.

The  hub facilities will be funded separately. and are not included in the £1.4m costs set out in the council’s master-plan report.

An executive board report says that those proposals will be the subject of separate reports because those plans require further detail.

The council’s cabinet  is due to meet on Thursday at the Municipal Building in Widnes to approve the master-plan.

It is hoped the plans will help deter crime and anti-social behaviour and encourage more use of the park if approved.

Funding of £339k has been sourced in 2018/19 which will allow a first phase of works to be completed