Moor Road Recreation Ground in Farnborough is set to be transformed by Rushmoor Borough Council with proposals for a new playground, a multi-use games area, a skate park and an outdoor gym – to create a welcoming new park for local families and young people.
The long-term vision for the project could also include a bike skills course, a BMX track, a youth shelter and a new community hall and café, improved car parking and a picnic and barbecue area.
The ambitious project will be subject to planning permission and will cost around £1.2m to complete.
“We are delighted that Rushmoor Borough Council is prepared to invest nearly £800,000 in this wonderful project for our neighbourhood,” said Cllr Clive Grattan, Chairman of the Prospect Estate Big Local (PEBL) and a Councillor for Cherrywood Ward, Farnborough.
“We in PEBL are fortunate to have access to Big Lottery funds that we can allocate to this sort of project for the benefit of residents of the Prospect Estate.
“Moor Road Recreation Ground provides a great opportunity to achieve our aims for the future, including the Fitness Walk along Cove Brook.”
The Council already has £270,000 of Section 106 funds, which have been paid to the Council by developers of new homes in the area and can be used to improve and provide open space. The Council will submit a bid to Sport England’s Community Asset Fund for £150,000 and to the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme for £60,000 with a further £40,000 potentially available from PEBL.
If all this money can be secured, the Council would have £520,000 to complete the playground, outdoor gym, skate park and multi-use games area, starting next year.
Additional facilities would be to come at a later stage, subject to securing other external funding.