New games area unveiled in Ilford’s South Park
PUBLISHED: 13:26 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:42 21 July 2015
Former West Ham and England footballer Tony Cottee poses with Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Barbara White and local school children during the official opening of a new multi-use games area in South Park.
The former basket ball court, which was refurbished, can now be used for a variety of additional sporting activities, including football and cricket.
Tony Hoad, Secretary of the South Park Users Group, commenting on the £28,000 refurbishment said: “The development of the basket ball court to a multi-use games area is a very valuable to the local community.
“Since the games area was made available three weeks ago I have noticed the surface has become more popular with young people.”
The opening of the new multi-use games area coincided with the installation of modern gym equipment and relining of the park’s tennis courts.
One of the park’s gates, near the pond, was damaged in a traffic accident on June 29.
Users are unavailable to access the new play area through these gates, which Mr Hoad described as “rather upsetting”.
A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: “These are cast iron gates and we know their design is appreciated by the local community, we hope to restore them to their original state within the next few weeks.”
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