Blackpool seafront and housing

Giant seesaws part of £2m installations on Blackpool prom

Urban regeneration company, ReBlackpool, has submitted a planning application to build £2m of public art on the seafront including giant seesaws and 30m-tall 'blades of grass'.

The Parade 5 project is aimed at linking the Tower Festival Headland with the wider area. The five blades would sway in the wind and be illuminated at night. The 12m-long seesaws are designed to be capable of holding an entire family and, ReBlackpool said, "will be installed to instil a sense of fun and make the area a destination in its own right".

Doug Garrett, chief executive of ReBlackpool, added: "A revitalised seafront is absolutely key to the regeneration of the town as a whole and Parade 5 will provide an innovative, usable and fun destination for both visitors and residents to enjoy themselves right by the beach.

"Parade 5 will provide a year-round attraction on the seafront where people can have fun, interact with the installations and take some healthy exercise."

Other improvements to the promenade in the Parade 5 area will include giant pebble seats, bespoke lighting bollards, bike racks, litter bins and signs and specialised planting to add colour and life. A concrete footbridge which spans the main road outside Coral Island would be removed.

Work could begin on the site this summer and be completed by the early part of 2010.

Your Comments

Subscribe to our newsletter