A Carlisle park upgrade has been commended by members of the community who are looking forward to giving it a formal opening.

The playground at Hammond's Pond park in Carlisle was renovated last month and new play equipment was installed to make it more accessible to members of the public.

The work was funded by local developer contributions and undertaken by contractors working on behalf of Carlisle City Council.

The city council worked alongside the Friends of Hammond’s Pond and Hammond’s Pond cafe to seek residents’ views on how they would like to see the development to move forward.

A spokesperson for The Friends of Hammonds Pond said: "It's vital and it needed updating.

"People would be surprised as to how much a play area like that costs, including the flooring, the drainage and on-going maintenance."

Old and worn play equipment has been replaced and the play area has been resurfaced.

The play area is already being enjoyed by members of the community and even Jogsaw, Cumbria's Children's Hospice took some of their children and young adults to visit the park.

Carlisle City Councillor Elizabeth Mallinson said: "We have made it disability-friendly and people in wheelchairs will have access to it and some of the equipment.

"We're making sure that we are inclusive in the community because we are concerned that a lot of children with a disability don't have the opportunity to engage with their friends because the equipment is not there."