Community event for Whitehall Recreation Ground

Chris Worman, Parks Manager and Cllr Dr Mark Williams
Chris Worman, Parks Manager and Cllr Dr Mark Williams

Rugby Borough Council is to host a community consultation event on restoration of the Whitehall Recreation Ground, following an earlier consultation that outlined possible improvements at the popular park.

The event will be held on Monday (June 10) at 6.30pm at Rugby United Reformed Church, or meet at 5.45pm for a tour of the park first.

The evening will conclude by 8.30pm and light refreshments will be provided.

The Whitehall Recreation Ground has recently been granted QEII field status, meaning that it is protected as a field forever in celebration of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.

The new Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre is also due to open its doors this summer and this will create a fantastic opportunity to restore the recreation ground as a gateway to the new leisure centre and enhance the recreation ground as a place for recreation, celebration and commemoration.

The council plans to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks for People programme for money to restore and enhance the recreation ground and bring it back to its former glory, and is now looking for more ideas to help achieve this vision.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “Whitehall Recreation Ground is Rugby’s oldest public green space and has played a major role in the history of the town for more than 140 years.

“With the opening of the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre later this year now is the time to look at how the open space can be restored, complement the leisure centre, and stay at the heart of the community for years to come.”