Central Drive Park - photo from Google Street View

Central Drive Park

Find Central Drive Park in one of Blackpool’s most densely populated areas – opposite the petrol station, not far from Bloomfield Road Stadium. Above photo: Central Drive Park – from Google Street View

In March 2015, a new £40,000 playground was built on the ground outside Ibbison Court by Blackpool Council and Groundwork. It includes a slide, swings and a climbing wall.

The address for the park is: Central Drive, Blackpool, FY1 5HZ

Open daily throughout the year

Facilities include: Children’s play area, Bowling green, Playing fields, Flood-lit games area

Creating Central Drive Park

Cllr Graham Cain was then Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism. He was also one of the local councillors for Bloomfield ward. He said: “Blackpool is a densely populated town at the best of times, and around Central Drive it is probably more enclosed than anywhere else.

Then Cllrs John Jones and Graham Cain at the building of the new playground by Ibbison Court
Then Cllrs John Jones and Graham Cain at the building of the new playground by Ibbison Court in March 2015

“This park will help to improve the look of Central Drive, making it greener and more colourful. We think that it will help to make it nicer for families and the local businesses too. The investment covers installation of new equipment and a commitment to maintain the park in coming years.

Part of the reason why the work was carried out is to make the area safer and more enjoyable for everybody who lives nearby.

The playground and park tie in nicely with the new community planting garden at the back of Ibbison Court. All of these things help the community foster a pride in the local area. Hopefully it will bring its own benefits and encourage people to continue to look after the area in the future.

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