A Runcorn park has had a £339,000 facelift, making it more accessible and pleasant for the public to use.

And the council says there is more to come at Runcorn Town Park with two full time workers helping to maintain it.

A car park, paths and drainage have all been modernised. The next phase of works will address the flooding issue at Stockham Lane.

Visitors will have noticed some improvements, thanks to a Halton Borough Council 'masterplan' for the area, funded by Viridor and WREN, with further enhancements in the pipeline.

The first project to be completed saw improvements to the ski Slope car park off Stockham Lane in June 2019.

In September of the same year, works started on two of the main footpaths which connect Norton Lane and Stockham Lane.

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The paths, more than one km in length, have been widened to three metres and have been resurfaced in tarmac which will be suitable for all park users.

Paths have also benefited from improvements to soft landscape works along the footpath corridor, such as hedge laying and vegetation clearance, helping to improve visibility.

Existing street furniture has been refurbished and new seating has been installed at regular intervals along the footpath routes.

Halton Borough Council has also taken the opportunity to make improvements to drainage as well as enhancements to the existing brook and ditch crossings.

Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for the Physical Environment, Cllr Ron Hignett, said: "The aim for the next phase of works set out in the Town Park Masterplan Strategy is to carry out further enhancement to the park’s paths and entrances off Palace Fields Avenue to connect up with the projects already competed.

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"As well as improving opportunities to hold events in the existing “Mini-Wembley” arena in this part of the park.

"Subject to funding, the aim going forward will be to continue the gradual improvements to the park's infrastructure and features such as improvements to entrances, boundaries and signage which will be rationalised and better defined, improving access and circulation for park users and better access for management purposes

"The more recent investment in the park from the Runcorn Energy from Waste fund is £130,000 for the Ski Slope Car Park (car park construction including surfacing, drainage and walling) and £209,000 on the Southern Path Improvements (widening and resurfacing over 1km of existing footpaths in Town Park to 3m wide with street furniture improvements.

A bid is due to go in shortly to the Runcorn Energy Form Waste fund for the Town Park Palace Fields Avenue Improvements (boundary, entrance and footpath improvements to enable access for park events).

Improvement works to the entrance to Town Park from Shopping City on Holt Lane is also currently being progressed as part of the wayfinding and pedestrian improvements for Halton Lea funded by the Liverpool City Region Town Centre Fund.