Skate park and gym part of new Whitehall Rec plans

What the new-look park may feature
What the new-look park may feature
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A skate park, new play area, outdoor gym, new paths and an area of contemplation around the war memorial are part of plans to revamp Whitehall Rec.

Rugby Borough Council is submitting a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year to pay for the plans - and public input is needed to bolster the application.

A consultation at the end of last year led to the inclusion of a skate park, the most popular potential new idea for the plans, followed by better play facilities and a more attractive entrance.

While the idea of a skatepark was popular with many of those who responded to the council’s consultation, some nearby residents and Warwickshire Police said they had concerns over potential anti-social behaviour and noise.

Lilian Pallikaropoulos, of the Friends of Whitehall Recreation Ground, said: “Many people are unaware of the plans, which will lead to the destruction of a beautiful open space.

“Currently everyone uses the park without harming the enjoyment of anyone else, but these council-led plans will mean the park will become a no-go area for many existing users.”

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, borough portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to our proposal to restore Whitehall rec. We have changed some of our plans to accommodate suggestions from residents and park users, for example we are relocating the skate park further away from homes, and keeping the large open space in the middle of the park for events and informal recreation.”

Visit rugby.gov.uk/whitehallrec to find out more.