Fareham park set for £600,000 facelift

The proposed plans for Park Lane Recreation Ground.
The proposed plans for Park Lane Recreation Ground.
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A PARK is heading for a £600,000 revamp with football pitches, basketball courts and skate ramps all on the cards.

The plans are part of Fareham Borough Council’s largest ever cash injection into a recreation ground.

The authority has earmarked £600,000 to refurbish Park Lane Recreation Ground over five years.

Leader of the council Cllr Sean Woodward praised the plans and said he was proud his council is making such an investment at a time when others are making cutbacks.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘The only leisure facilities the council is obligated to provide are allotments.

‘People think that skate parks are passé, but they are really popular, especially with young people and an area that we are keen to invest in.’

The project will see a new children’s play area costing £80,000, a new skate park, a woodland walk and an arboretum with rare and unusual trees.

It will also be the first park in central Fareham to have outdoor gym equipment, at a cost of £50,000, and it will be the only park in the borough to have an outdoor table tennis table.

A flood-lit, all-weather multi-sports area will be installed, for five-a-side football, tennis, basketball and netball, which the council hopes will be managed by Fareham Leisure Centre.

The skate park is the main attraction of the project, costing £120,000, and this has been narrowed down to two designs, one which features a bowl, making it potentially the first bowl in the borough.

A panel of 20 skateboraders, BMXers and roller bladers aged between 12 and 30 came up with the designs over four meetings at the council.

Executive member for leisure Cllr Connie Hockley said: ‘This is a really exciting project that the council is committed to. I’d urge residents to get involved and give us their views on making Park Lane Recreation Ground a better place for everyone.’

The council is holding a consultation, which closes on June 27, so that people can pick their favourite design.

A showing of these designs is being held on Saturday from 11am until 2pm at Fareham Leisure Centre.

The first phase of improvements – the children’s play area, and skate park and gym equipment – will be completed by summer 2015.

For more information go to fareham.gov.uk/parklanevision.