Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Olympic specialist gets on their marks for running track in Stafford

An Olympic Games specialist will be starting work on an athletics track at a sports stadium in Stafford next month.

Around £100,000 is being spent to improve the track at the town’s Rowley Park and Sports Stadium. The latest improvement to the park follows hot on the heels of the refurbishment of the tennis courts which reopened a few weeks ago.

The work is to be carried out by Smith Construction who boast the construction of the warm up track and infield for the 2012 London Games on their CV of previous projects.

The improvements are expected to get underway on Monday 18 August and will include relaying sections of the track, cleaning, re-colouring and repainting. Stafford Borough Council has worked with the Cannock and Stafford Athletics club on a suitable date for the revamp which is expected to take around six weeks to complete.

Access to the 3g artificial football pitch will be available most of the time work is being carried out and the council aim not to have any league games disrupted during that period.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “This is another good example of the significant investment we are making to our parks and facilities. We delivered an excellent artificial pitch that has proved extremely popular with football teams and youngsters and I expect this latest development to improve the running track will be welcomed by our athletes.

“Health and wellbeing of our community is one of this council’s top priorities and one of the ways we can help achieve this is by providing facilities that people want to use. And we have a successful track record of delivering these with the excellent facilities for young people at Victoria Park and 3g pitch and tennis courts at Rowley, to name a few.”  

The council are currently undertaking a £400,000 refurbishment scheme in the town’s Wildwood Park including new toddler and junior play equipment, multi-use games area for sports such as football and basketball, and a new concrete skate bowl.

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