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New games area unveiled in Ilford’s South Park

PUBLISHED: 13:26 15 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:42 21 July 2015

Pupils at South Park Primary School, Cllr Barbara White, Former West Ham player Tony Cottee, local counicllors and local residents at the new games area in South Park in Ilford

Pupils at South Park Primary School, Cllr Barbara White, Former West Ham player Tony Cottee, local counicllors and local residents at the new games area in South Park in Ilford

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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.

Former West Ham player Tony Cottee talking to pupils from Isacc Newton Academy at the new games area in South Park in IlfordFormer West Ham player Tony Cottee talking to pupils from Isacc Newton Academy at the new games area in South Park in Ilford

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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