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Forest Recreation Ground - Sports Zone Consultation
Pictured above: Opening the door on a new era of sport at the Forest Recreation Ground. A pupil from the nearby Djanogly City Academy Nottingham at the launch of the Sports Zone Consultation
Improvements to the Forest
As you may have heard, the Forest Recreation Ground on Gregory Boulevard is getting a £5.1 million makeover!
The Partnership Council and Nottingham City Council have secured the funding with the help of several other partner organisations. The majority of the money is coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, with the remainder coming from Nottingham City Council and other local sources.
It’s taken a great team effort and over 12 years of hard work to secure the funding to restore the Forest. It wouldn’t have happened without the amazing energy, commitment and involvement of hundreds of local people – so thank you very much for your help!
Restoration work on the Forest will start in April 2012 – creating new facilities, jobs for local people and a safer, more enjoyable green space for everyone to enjoy. Watch this space for more information coming soon!
Pictured above: The existing Sports Zone on the Forest including the Games Courts and Bowling/Putting Greens
Sadly, the run-down Sports Area on the Forest (near the junction with Gregory Boulevard and Mansfield Road) couldn’t be included in the Lottery bid as the money was awarded for certain things only. Plus, government cuts mean that Nottingham City Council can’t afford to carry on maintaining the Sports Zone on its own.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t improve it with your help! There is a huge demand for facilities and we want the Forest to provide top quality sport – to meet the needs of lots of different groups and communities including local people.
To do this, we need to find a new way of improving and maintaining the Sports Zone and new sources of money.
The potential options include:
1. The private sector working with the community to improve, run and maintain the Sports Zone.
2. The community working to improve it with money coming from national and charitable sources.
3. A combination of the two above
Have your say
We are planning to create an Advisory Group made up of sports experts and local people to look at these options. If you would like to join this group please feel free to get in touch with us on 0115 970 8200.
As part of this, we need your feedback please, so we can find out who uses the Sports Zone, what your needs are and how you’d like to see the Sports Zone improved. We also want to find out who would like to use the Sports Zone in the future.
We are open to all ideas and suggestions about the types of activities you would like to see offered and the days and times you’d like to use the Sports Zone.
Last but not least, we’d also like to identify any sources of potential funding and your ideas for how we could raise money for sport on the Forest – now and in the future.
By working together and involving local people and sports experts, we’re hopeful we can improve the Sports Zone on the Forest – despite obstacles like the funding cuts. There are several ways you can help us:
• Get actively involved
• Give us your views by completing the questionnaire below
• Share your bright ideas!
Please complete the questionnaire by 08th March 2012. Your views will be used to create a Plan of Action for the Sports Zone by spring 2012.
Many thanks for your help.