CONSTRUCTION work on a six-figure transformation of a play park is due to begin next week.

Lightburn Play area in Ulverston is one step closer to undergoing a £120,000 state-of-the-art renovation after a three month delay.

The play park, situated off Lightburn Avenue, has seen a significant amount of work carried out on its premises over the past few years, such as landscaping, laying new tarmac, and building up the enclosed space.

The existing Lightburn Park playground was set to close after the Easter holidays for the duration of the installation, with a soft opening planned for the end of May.

However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project was put on hold and delayed from its original construction start date of April 14.

Contractors have been given a new six-week time slot, with work starting this Monday.

Staff will be reopening all 61 of South Lakeland District Council’s playgrounds tomorrow ready for their official opening date of Saturday after being given the green-light to reopen from Government.

Playgrounds and outdoor gyms have been closed since March due to being deemed a higher risk places for people to pass on the virus.

Lightburn Park will only remain open for a few days before contractors start renovating the space.

Appropriate signage will be in place early next week to inform parents and children of the situation.

Mark Wilson, an Ulverston Town Council, said he was ‘extremely delighted’ work is beginning on the play park.

He said: “This will be a new start for the play park.

"I am glad renovation work is finally beginning after months of delay.

"I’m very excited to see the final result.”