£4million sports park handed over to the people of Kings Hill
A £4million sports park has been handed over to the people of Kings Hill by developer Liberty Property Trust UK and Kent County Council.
Called Kings Hill Sports Park, the new amenity has five grass pitches, an artificial pitch, pavilion with changing rooms for six teams together with a kitchen, social space and officials’ rooms, and allotments.
Work started on the pitches in 2011 and their construction was quite an undertaking - involving using specialist equipment to screen and sort 8,000 cubic metres of soil, all of which came from within Kings Hill; 590 tonnes of sand; 70 tonnes of recycled tyres and seven miles of drainage pipes.
Designed by a leading sports turf design practice, the work was carried out by a specialist sports contractor and laser guided machines used to profile each pitch.
The peripheral areas have been carefully landscaped and planted with native hedges and swathes of wild flowers.
A total of 1,200 metres of footpath crossing the area have been upgraded to bridleways and 5,200sq m of land has been gifted to the community for allotments.
The pavilion has been designed in contemporary Kent vernacular style using traditional materials, such as feather-edged weatherboarding, multistock bricks, stained wooden windows and cedar shingles on the roof.
“Liberty and our partners at Kent County Council are absolutely committed to providing a high quality environment at Kings Hill, and that commitment is reflected in the care and attention that has been paid to the design and construction of the sports park,” said Andrew Blevins, Liberty’s managing director. “As a developer we strongly believe that our expertise and resources can help add value and encourage community life.”
The Kings Hill Sports Park, which will be managed by Kings Hill Parish Council, was handed over in a ceremony attended by Mark Dance, KCC Cabinet Member for Economic Development; Andrew Blevins; Kings Hill Parish Council and various sports clubs. Andrew Blevins unveiled a commemorative plaque.
Mark Dance said: “In general, due to the expense, there has been a decline in investment in such substantial community amenities so I am delighted we have been able to help provide these facilities to the local community at Kings Hill.
“The sports park will be owned and run on behalf of residents by the parish council, so in every sense this will be a community facility that will further add to the quality of life at Kings Hill. It’s a prime example of the ‘Big Society’ in action.”
Dave Waller, chairman of Kings Hill Parish Council, added: “The local community will welcome the addition of this new amenity and I was delighted to accept its handover on their behalf. With a very active football club at Kings Hill we know the facilities will prove very popular – in fact, bookings have already been taken for the next 12 months.”