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New games area opens at city park

Published Wednesday, 01 August 2018

A new outdoor sports provision has been opened at Holbrooks Park. The MUGA (Multi-use Games Area) was completed at the park recently – refurbishing an existing basketball facility.  The improvements also included a new footpath, four benches and other maintenance work supported by Section 106 funding.

Holbrooks Park improvements
Cllr Akhtar kick starting the new games area

The games area is proving to be popular for a range of age groups who want to play/practice netball, basketball and football, while the new benches and a footpath provide a defined route making access into the park easier for all members of the community.

Cllr Joe Clifford, Holbrook Ward Councillor, said he is sure that improvements would be welcomed by the whole community.

He said: “The new facilities are much needed and will hopefully encourage more people to take advantage of what the park has to offer. It is important that all age groups are able to enjoy the park and these changes should make a big difference for local people.”

Cllr Pervez Akhtar, Deputy Cabinet Member for Policing and Equalities, said the games area was an important addition. He added: “Holbrooks Park is a really popular venue, and I know that the improvements will be warmly welcomed by the community – especially at the start of the school holidays.

A new footpath from the Beake Avenue entrance to the park has been installed, the car park has been resurfaced and a new multi-use game area will be created for visitors to enjoy.

Cllr Akhtar added: “I use the park regularly, it feels more accessible, and will prove popular at the start of the school holidays.”

K-Barriers have been added at the park entrances to prevent vehicles, including motorbikes, from entering the park but will still enable access for wheelchairs, bicycles, mobility scooters and pushchairs.

The scheme has all been financed by money as part of the following developments:

The project has been funded from the following 106 agreements:

  • S1299-FUL/2012/2313 Burnaby Road

Play / open space Improvements within the vicinity of Holbrooks Park

  • S1308  S1308- OUT/2013/1945 Lythalls Lane

Play / open space Improvements within the vicinity of Holbrooks Park

  • S1108 S2179  2013/2424 - Taylor Wimpey Midlands Ltd 

Play / open space Improvements within the vicinity of Holbrooks Park.

  • S1276 S1292  FUL/2012/0225 Jelson Housing Land at Lythalls Lane.

Contribution for offsite open space improvements

Photo: Cllr Akhtar, helping to kick start the games area.



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