In 2009 the old wooden board walk was replaced with a new path after Wakefield Council asked the local community what they would like to see at the site. Locals opted to replace the old boardwalk with a solid path in order to reinstate the circular route around the marsh. Waste Recycling Environment Limited provided a £16,000 grant to fund the work, which was carried out by the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers. Now a well marked path, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, leads from the car park around the reserve. The reserve is as popular as ever, and includes some of the best wetland, woodland and hay meadow in the Wakefield area. The air is filled with butterflies and dragonflies in the summer and a large variety of birds including kingfisher, green woodpecker and water birds, sparrow hawks that can be seen on the woodland edge. The site also has a good variety of flowering plants, especially on the hay meadow in early summer. Friends of Stanley Marsh now give local children guided tours of the reserve, and continue to improve the area for future generations to enjoy with a growing number of volunteers. At the time of writing this, Wakefield Council is preparing two information boards that will be situated in the marsh and will give the names of those killed in the Deep Drop explosion along with a brief history of the site.