South Liverpool swing park gets royal regeneration thanks to community action

Published: 13 June 2016

Harland Green swing park in Speke reopened on Saturday 11 June, the Queen’s 90th birthday, thanks to community action from Central and East Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (CETRA) and South Liverpool Homes (SLH).

The children’s play facility had suffered a spate of vandalism which unfortunately meant the park had lost some of its play equipment. 

SLH supported CETRA to refurbish the venue, installing new swings, repairing fencing, clearing rubbish, installing signage and putting anti-vandal measures in place, in time for a community party for local residents on Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Local children and parents enjoyed the opening party, with buffet refreshments supplied by local supermarket Morrisons and local grocer Colin Sykes.

The day also marked the formation of the committee to take responsibility for the long-term management of the park.

Eddie Morgan from CETRA said: “I’d like to thank everyone at South Liverpool Homes for their hard work helping to refurbish the swing park.

"I hope the young people of the area enjoy, appreciate and respect the facility.”

SLH’s Director of Business Assurance Claire Ryan said, “This is a fantastic example of the community pulling together to develop and run their own facilities.

“Moving forward, we will be working with CETRA to sustain the park for the future, looking at future funding opportunities including hiring the park out for private birthday parties.”