A major revamp is underway at one of the town's leisure and recreation spots.
The council says it has invested £500,000 in Browns Lane recreation area to enable the site to be transformed into a small neighbourhood park for people of all ages.
The park includes an accessible path with seating for rest and relaxation, a play area with many inclusive play opportunities, a multi-use games area and an informal natural turf 'kick about' pitch. A sustainable drainage system has been installed and this includes an attractive new pond.
This project has been funded by developer contributions linked to new housing developments including Jones Homes and David Wilson jointly paid a total of £395,500.00 to improve the Browns Lane Play area in two instalments one in 2015 and one in 2017.
Kerren Phillips, Planning Manager at Jones Homes, said "We are pleased that the residents of Bollin Park and the surrounding community can now benefit from the local play infrastructure the Bollin Park development has funded.
"Jones Homes gifted the land on which the Browns lane play area is located to Macclesfield Council in 1986 when the early phase of the 'Summerfields' development was built, this is reflected in the public art on the Browns lane entrance where a Stone and plaque reside which was recently refurbished by Jones Homes."
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for green spaces, said: "This project has been eagerly anticipated amongst many local residents keen to have this green space transformed. I'm delighted that the work is progressing so well. There is still more to do, such as signage installation and tree planting, but the project is well on its way in allowing local families and young children to benefit from a first-class recreation park.
"The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value and importance of our outdoor green spaces as the country has moved into a second national lockdown.
"The council has always been committed to the long-term improvement of our parks and open spaces owing to the health benefits they bring to our communities."
Councillor Toni Fox said: "As local ward member, I am delighted that the long awaited for improvements have been made to what was previously an underused recreation area. This is a fantastic local facility that has been funded by developer contributions. It has been designed to be of benefit to residents of all ages year round, and is within walking distance for many who live in the Dean Row area, meaning they no longer have to drive to other places.
"I'd like to thank Ansa for all their assistance, particularly in relation to the extensive public consultations they carried out with local residents at the design stage of the scheme. Thank you also to the contractors for all their hard work and for keeping the project on schedule."
Photo from left to right: Reena Gupta (local resident), Matt Smith (Ansa), Ruth Morgan (Ansa), Charlie Cooper (Keble Heath – contractor), Cllr Toni Fox (ward member), Joanne Hall (manager of neighbouring Hazelmere Nursing Home)