Saturday 22nd July saw the opening of a fantastic new multi-use games area (MUGA) in Hall Leys Park in Matlock.
Your District Council, which owns and maintains the award-winning town centre park, launched the new MUGA during 'Love Your Parks Week' by offering a variety of free sports sessions.
The opening was a huge success with over thirty children taking part in activities including balance bikes, football, kwik cricket, basketball & netball along with their parents and grandparents.
The MUGA was created by converting one of the existing poorly used tennis courts which involved removing exterior fencing, installing new perimeter fencing and marking out the pitches for a number of sports including basketball, football, netball and tennis.
The District Council's sports development and community safety teams will use the new facility as a venue for evening activities to engage young people aged 11-25, and the council's Arc Leisure Matlock will use the MUGA as a venue for school holiday activities.
Chairman of the District Council’s Community & Environment Committee, Councillor Jo Wild said:
"In recent years we have upgraded tennis courts at the recreations grounds we operate in Ashbourne and Bakewell and in both cases participation in sport has increased, improving the variety of activities available to residents and visitors.
"We are confident the Hall Leys Park MUGA will encourage local people and visitors to participate in sport more regularly, and, in particular, encourage those who may not necessarily want to use a leisure centre or be part of an organised sports club. The facility will also allow people to have an informal kick-about in a safe place at no cost."
The project got underway thanks to a one-off contribution of £14,000 from Derbyshire County Council's Community Priorities Fund, £2,000 from the District Council's Local Projects Fund and £2,000 from Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership.
The MUGA and the tennis courts are both free to use by members of the public all you need to do is bring along your own equipment.
To find out more about Hall Leys Park visit www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/hallleyspark