Families gathered in the grounds of St Catherine’s Hospice as South Ribble’s first new park in 40 years was officially opened.
Complete with an iconic Inglis Bridge, sensory garden, wild bluebell wood, wetlands and nature trail, St Catherine’s Park, in the grounds of the hospice in Lostock Hall, is the first of South Ribble Borough Council’s wider Central Parks project to be completed.
To mark the milestone, ‘Picnic in the Park’ was held to coincide with the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
The new park marries council-owned land, formerly known as Dandy Brook Park, with open space belonging to St Catherine’s Hospice.
New footpaths have been created to ensure that it is fully accessible to wheelchair users and families with prams.
There was live music from talented local acts, a barbecue and a magician to entertain visitors.
The Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel Alan Jolley unveiled a plaque to declare the park officially open at the new ornamental gateway.
The Inglis Bridge, which has been re-cast from one of the world’s only surviving examples of the design used in the First World War, was also officially opened followed by a toast to the Queen in the garden VIP marquee.
See the photo gallery from the event below.
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