Seven Epsom and Ewell parks approved for refurbishment works

Shadbolt Park will receive additional outdoor gym equipment as part of the scheme

Shadbolt Park will receive additional outdoor gym equipment as part of the scheme

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Table tennis, outdoor gyms and new children's play equipment will be coming to a group of parks in the borough, thanks to a successful funding application.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council will install new play and sports equipment in seven parks that were granted Queen Elizabeth II Field status as part of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The parks recently became eligible for improvement funding through Fields in Trust, formerly the National Playing Fields Association.

In partnership with the London Marathon Charitable Trust, the council obtained funding to install new equipment and refurbish existing facilities, having agreed to match fund the projects.

Those projects will be:

• Alexandra Recreation Ground – New outdoor table tennis equipment

Chessington Road Recreation Ground – New children’s play equipment

• Court Recreation Ground – Resurfacing of three tennis courts

• Gibraltar Recreation Ground – New outdoor Gym equipment

• Rosebery Park – Play equipment refurbishment

• Shadbolt Park– Additional outdoor gym equipment

• Warren Recreation Ground – New outdoor table tennis, gym and children’s play equipment

Leisure committee chairman councillor Jan Mason thanked the two trusts and added: "With the substantial reduction in council budgets, I am really pleased my fellow councillors approved the matching expenditure required in order to secure these grants.

"The benefits to health of sport and energetic play are absolutely proven, and the council is to provide the appropriate equipment for adults and children to enjoy as a contribution to a more active lifestyle.”

The improvement works will begin later this year.

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7:15pm Sat 7 Jun 14

EwellMan_ says...

This is great news. We are so blessed to have such nice green open spaces and recreation grounds in Epsom and Ewell. They are all very well maintained and patrolled by an excellent team if park rangers. Look forward to seeing these improvements come in.
This is great news. We are so blessed to have such nice green open spaces and recreation grounds in Epsom and Ewell. They are all very well maintained and patrolled by an excellent team if park rangers. Look forward to seeing these improvements come in. EwellMan_
  • Score: 4

2:42pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Tenpindee says...

It is great that the Warren Rec in Langley Vale is to get a make over but PLEASE please ask the children via their local schools what they want there. We need a BMX/Scooter park that so many other parks have got, we need some of the open space to be turned into a "community growing garden" where people can grow natural vegetables and fruit that others in the village could benefit from. It would also be a wonderful way of spending time along with others in the village to get to know their neighbours with the same enjoyment of life by growing and sharing the fruits of their labours. It works in other parts of the country and it would be nice to think that as we are the missed residents in the extreme boundary with Ashtead, could be listened to at last. My son did a survey of all parks in the borough when he was about 10 asking for a BMX track and upgrade of equipment some 20 years ago, and we still get missed. It would not cost the council anything to turn a little of the area at The Warren, into something worthwhile that would get used and make those that do not see anyone for long periods of time, make new friends; get out in the fresh air; and give something to those that could not afford fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. Food (!) for thought
It is great that the Warren Rec in Langley Vale is to get a make over but PLEASE please ask the children via their local schools what they want there. We need a BMX/Scooter park that so many other parks have got, we need some of the open space to be turned into a "community growing garden" where people can grow natural vegetables and fruit that others in the village could benefit from. It would also be a wonderful way of spending time along with others in the village to get to know their neighbours with the same enjoyment of life by growing and sharing the fruits of their labours. It works in other parts of the country and it would be nice to think that as we are the missed residents in the extreme boundary with Ashtead, could be listened to at last. My son did a survey of all parks in the borough when he was about 10 asking for a BMX track and upgrade of equipment some 20 years ago, and we still get missed. It would not cost the council anything to turn a little of the area at The Warren, into something worthwhile that would get used and make those that do not see anyone for long periods of time, make new friends; get out in the fresh air; and give something to those that could not afford fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. Food (!) for thought Tenpindee
  • Score: -1

8:23am Mon 9 Jun 14

jswan1 says...

Wonderful, well done to all involved.
Wonderful, well done to all involved. jswan1
  • Score: 1

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