Fitness fix in park

by Natalie Vincent Fri 31 August 2018, 1:31 pm

Work to improve sports facilities at Reading's second largest park begins in September.

Three decade-old artificial turf pitches at Palmer Park in east Reading, are undergoing refurbishment with new surfaces with permanent internal fencing installed to replace the acoustic boards and netting that separates the pitches.

The park also got a £112,000 investment from Reading Council for a new sweeper machine used for maintaining the pitches.

The work is part of a major £786,000 investment across Reading's parks, approved by the council's housing, neighbourhoods and leisure committee in March 2018, with works running to 2020 on recreational areas across the borough.

The majority of these schemes will be funded from contributions from developers secured via Section 106 agreements.

Sarah Hacker, Reading Council's lead member for culture, heritage and recreation, said: "The improvements to Palmer Park's pitches will provide a great boost to the outdoor facilities available for local people. We want residents of all ages to benefit from using our sports facilities, and I hope this will encourage many more to do so."

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