In 2012, Coleshill Memorial Park was looking run down, neglected and for most of the time – empty!
The Town Council had failed to invest in the facility for decades. The play equipment was old, the tennis courts often unplayable, the football pitches in a bad state of repair and the car park full of pot holes. The park, that could be a huge asset to our town was instead not much more than a field with some broken pathways running through it.
Today, 5 years on from the first discussion about the park’s future, we have a first class community facility offering a wide range of activities for sports and recreation:
- Two new tennis courts (LTA Registered) with online booking and their own app!
- A 1KM running track with markers around the park
- A new junior play area
- A new sensory play area
- A new adventure play area
- Improved football pitches, new posts and white lines
- An outside gym and trim trail
- New pathways throughout
- New benches, bins and signage
- A new car park and driveway
- A refurbished Memorial Park Centre (working in partnership with Coleshill Cricket Club)
None of this would have been possible without Town Councillors arguing for change, often in the face of opposition for oppositions sake. Remember, the local Conservatives opposed the project, called it a ‘Labour Vanity Project’.
This amazing project is only nearing its end because of the hard work of a small group of people – Town Councillors, the Town Council staff team, Moore Environment, our contractors and the many hundreds of residents who supported the project.
Today the contractors left site having resurfaced and white lined the car park and drive (which now has an entrance big enough for two cars) and whilst this is not the end of the project, it’s the last ‘big job’ on site.
It’s been a long project, 5 years in total. It’s cost a lot of money, £370,000 to date. In the end though, the park needed this, the town deserved a decent outdoor space and when you walk through the park today, it’s often full of people playing sport or enjoying the fine British summer time!
And remember, despite this investment, Council Tax at the Town Council has been frozen for eight years runnin