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Published Friday, 23 January 2015

A new multi-use games area will be installed at an Palmers Green park after the council successfully bid for £45,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust.

The improvements to Hazelwood Recreation Ground off Hedge Lane, will significantly improve the current five a side grass football pitch and tarmac basketball area, be free to use all year round and will tackle problems with waterlogging on the football pitch in the winter.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Its vitally important that we instil in residents and especially young people the importance of keeping active and the council is playing its full role in this by providing a range of activities – both free and paid for – in the borough so people can get off the sofa and get moving.

“This funding will help build on improvement works taking place elsewhere in Enfield’s parks and I’m grateful for the London Marathon Charitable Trust’s support, I’d urge people to use this facility when its upgraded, but also to pay a visit to some of the brilliant sports and leisure facilities in our other parks, such as one of the 13 state of the art and free outdoor gyms we’ve installed  or the accessible cycling scheme in Bush Hill Park.”

The money was part of a total grant presented to Enfield by the trust earlier this year as part of a funding round which gave out £4.8 million nationwide.

Sarah Ridley, Chief Grants Officer for the Trust said: “We know how challenging it is to get funding for facilities and our aim is to support organisations that have a good track record in encouraging more people to become physically active.”

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