Media release - issued 21 Aug 2019

New facilities on their way to Moor Road

Work on a new playground, BMX pump track, multi-use games area (MUGA) and outdoor exercise equipment is set to begin at Moor Road Recreation Ground in Farnborough in the autumn.

Plans for the £470,000 project were approved by Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet on Tuesday, 20 August. Most of the funding will come from developer contributions received by the council with other grants coming from Prospect Estate Big Local (PEBL) (£97,000) and Sport England (£50,000).

The recreation ground, which is around three hectares in size, is easily accessible by a wider population of 30,000 residents, including 6,500 pupils from 14 schools. It currently consists of several grass pitches, a playground and a rebound wall for ball games. Briefings on the project have already been given to PEBL, ward councillors and the council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee and there has been strong support for the project.  The plans were also approved by the council's Development Management Committee on 14 August.

In one change to the original proposals consulted on and unveiled in 2017, the recreation ground will no longer be the home for a new skate park. Consultation with young people using the existing Farnborough town centre skate park earlier this year, as part of the civic quarter consultation, showed a strong desire to keep the park near its current location.

Representatives from the council have already visited Farnborough Grange Nursery and Infant and Junior schools to get some idea what children would like to see in the new playground, and in September they will be returning to the schools so children can look at designs and pick their favourites. Weather permitting, the new facilities are expected to be open for use by the spring of 2020.

Rushmoor Borough Council's Head of Democracy, Strategy and Partnerships, Andrew Colver said: "We know that improvement of Moor Road recreation ground is long overdue, so we hope that residents will welcome the news that work will be starting very shortly.

"Anything that encourages people to take part in exercise and activity has got to be a good thing, and we have no doubt that these new facilities will be very well-used."

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