Following the death of King George V, who was a keen sports man, donations of both money and land were received to protect recreation grounds across the Country, as a fitting tribute. The aim was to ensure that all urban areas had at least one free outdoor recreation facility for their communities to enjoy. Ferryhill Town Council manages the King George V Playing Field in Ferryhill, known locally as the Broom Rec. as Trustees, on behalf of Fields in Trust.
Situated between Raby Road and Brancepeth Road, the playing field is the Town Council’s most central recreation facility. It is very well used by local children, young people and dog walkers alike. In recent years funding has enabled facilities at the playing field to be improved substantially. Grant moneys have been used to refurbish the existing changing facilities at the site, and to install new play equipment, outdoor gym equipment, seating, and litter bins. The installation of CCTV is the most recent addition to the site, which is the home venue for Ferryhill Celtic Football Club.
As a result of recent community consultation in the area a Feasibility Study is currently being developed to explore the potential for installing a Skatepark facility at the site. Watch out for further details of this potential project in the coming months.
King George V is one of four sites owned/managed by Ferryhill Town Council to be awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. For more information about Green Flag please contact Karen Younghusband on 01740 652157 or visit the Green Flag website.
FERRYHILL SKATEPARK GROWS ONE STEP CLOSER
Community Consultation carried out in Ferryhill has continually identified the demand for a Skatepark Facility at the King George V Playing Field (Broom Rec) in Ferryhill. A Feasibility Study is currently being developed to be used as a tool, to enable external funding to be sought to deliver the project. As part of the Study a design brief was sent to several professional Skate Companies inviting design concepts and proposals for the scheme. Two Companies submitted proposals, and the Town Council is now asking residents to vote on their preferred Option, so that the Study can be completed, planning permission can be secured, and funding sought to deliver the project.
If anyone has any comments or would like to discuss the project further please contact Karen Younghusband at Ferryhill Town Council by email Karen Younghusband