Play Area Appeal

Since 2013, WR&CS has been working to improve the play area in the Johnston Recreation Ground.  One of the main findings in the District Community Plan was that residents wanted the play area to be improved and we formed a sub-group to develop proposals and seek funding.


Play area as it was in 2013

Stage One

The group agreed a two stage process.  We had to raise around £60,000 for the first stage and this was completed in June 2015. We were able to make the following improvements:

  • New entrance, improved fencing and a pathway around the area;
  • New infant swings;
  • New cantilevered swing;
  • Junior goal posts near the tennis courts;
  • Improved seating for adults and log seats for children;
  • Mound area and tunnel;
  • Replacement of the climbing frame with one suitable for younger children.

   Play area after first stage improvements

Over the Autumn of 2015, we planted bulbs with the help of local groups of children to make the area look colourful in the Spring, using vouchers provided by Halifax Building Society.  Below are two Beavers and the Church Create group enjoying the challenge.

   Beavers  create

Stage Two

Our plans for stage two are to add three new pieces of equipment.

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  • a large climbing unit which incorporates a slide, monkey bars and a ropecourse;
  • a roundabout, which will be level to the ground for safety;
  • a wooden tractor, for imaginative play.

The existing slide and adventure trail will be moved to make space for the climbing unit. It is likely that the slide will go to another play area in Cheshire.

To download a copy of the full plan, click here.


The stage two plans will cost approximately £52,603.  To date we have raised £19,665.12 and we currently have an application with Veolia for the remaining amount.

Our funders so far are:

  • Myles Hogg – Councillors’ budget – £4783
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council – approx £1875 pledged to cover Landscape Architect fees
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council New Homes Bonus Fund – £3000
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council Rural Support Fund – £7000
  • Johnston Recreation Ground – £1000
  • Willaston Village Festival Society – £1000
  • Willaston Residents’ and Countryside Society – £500
  • Willaston Pre-school Playgroup – £95.50
  • Willaston School – £150
  • Fiona Ennys – £10
  • Hardev Sohal – £20
  • Jen Williams – £5
  • Sue Hill – £20
  • Trenholm Family – £20
  • Chris Wells – £20
  • Mr and Mrs Malcolm – £10
  • Barry Vowles – £50
  • Anonymous Willaston Resident – £30
  • Collection box at Martins – £12.40
  • Collection box at Willaston Barbers – £19.04
  • Collection box at The Village Butchers – £38.30
  • Other collection boxes – £6.88

If you can help with fundraising by holding an event, getting match funding through work or giving a donation, please contact us.

For a list of funders for the stage one improvements, please click here: Stage One Funders