The first of many A Better Start Parks and Open Spaces - PlayZone - opened in Blackpool on Saturday 30th July 2016. This outdoor play area for children aged 0-3 years  celebrated its reopening at George Bancroft Park, with a family fun day and teddy bear's picnic.

Playzone has been relocated within the park and entirely redeveloped as part of the A Better Start programme. More outdoor development projects are planned, with a new play area opening in the Revoe area of Blackpool later this year, while new green spaces are already being planned for Mereside and Grange Park communities. Consultation events for these events are being held at local children's centres.

Blackpool is one of five areas in England competitively selected to take part in the Big Lottery Fund's £215m A Better Start programme, which has been designed to improve understanding about effective early childhood intervention.