Work starts on riverside play ship in Stourport

Young pirates are expected to descend on Stourport riverside this summer to plunder a new major play attraction.

An artist's impression of the pirate ship
An artist's impression of the pirate ship

Wyre Forest District Council has commissioned a specialist play company to install a themed pirate ship at the riverside area and it is expected to be officially opened in time for the summer school holidays.

The attraction is part of a series of ongoing improvements being made to the area as part of the Stourport Riverside Master Plan project.

Councillor Graham Ballinger, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for culture, leisure and community safety, said: “This new piece of play equipment will really engage with the children’s imagination.

"What could be better for imaginary play than a big fun boat by the river?

“With many families expected to holiday in the UK this summer I am sure this striking new piece of play equipment will get plenty of use by budding pirates and help keep children entertained during the school holidays.

“Once again I would like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation for the Master Plan and we will continue to develop the riverside area which is popular with residents and visitors alike.”

Over the winter Rangers planted more trees in the area to give local wildlife a boost and improve the look of the Meadow Car Park.

Future plans include improving footpaths to increase opportunities for outside exercise and to further encourage wildlife.

Work to replace Moorhall Marsh Nature Reserve boardwalk, which was damaged in the winter, is also due to start once the ground has dried out enough for this to be carried out.

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