Vyner Park in Swarland is back in business with free sports facilities for all until April 2016 alongside its new community café.
It boasts two dedicated tennis courts, an all-weather bowling green, a children’s play area and a multi-purpose court that is suitable for all types of activities such as five-a-side football or netball.
In March 2014, Newton on the Moor and Swarland Parish Council set up the Vyner Park Charity to take over management responsibility for the sports facilities in the park for the benefit of the local community.
Historically, the park has always hosted community events such as the village show and Bonfire Night fireworks, but in recent years the pavilion and sports facilities have been underused.
In November last year, ideas were sought from local people on what they wanted from the facility and this has resulted in the new Vyner Park, with the community café Nelson’s, a free-to-use, multi-use games area and more interaction and use by Swarland First School.
Thanks to support from residents, including voluntary work and fund-raising events, as well as continued financial support from the parish council, Vyner Park is set to become a real community asset.
The value of work carried out voluntarily over the last year has saved more than £2,000 in hard cash and the appearance of Vyner Park has much improved.
Robert Brotherton, chairman of the Vyner Park Charity Management Committee, said: “Thanks have to go to everyone who has got behind the effort to get Vyner Park sorted out and contributed in many different ways.
“We are always keen to hear from people who can work with us in developing the Vyner Park offer.”
Organised activities include football, tennis, running and bowls, with regular coaching events also being run by Lawn Tennis Association and Football Association professionals. Plus, a new walking football session is held on a Monday evening.
Bob Ryan, the Vyner Park Charity’s sports development lead, said: “We have fantastic sports facilities here at Vyner Park, Swarland, and what’s more, they are free for people to use so please come along give them a try.”