Exciting new games area for Matlock park

Work started on 26 June, to convert one of the tennis courts in Matlock's Hall Leys Park into a new multi-use games area (MUGA).

Derbyshire Dales District Council, which owns and maintains the award-winning town centre park, is managing the three-week project, with a launch event planned to coincide with this year's 'Love Your Parks Week' towards the end of July.

The conversion of the poorly used court will involve removing exterior fencing, installing new MUGA perimeter fencing and marking out the pitches for a number of sports including basketball, football, netball, tennis and hockey.

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.

A District Council spokesperson 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 is getting 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.

Work started on 26 June, to convert one of the tennis courts in Matlock

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