Coventry sports ground set for major upgrade to encourage people to 'be active'

Works will be taking place at Jardine Crescent Sports Ground
-Credit: (Image: Coventry City Council)

A Coventry sports ground is set to be upgraded in a bid to encourage people to 'be active.' It forms part of a number of projects funded by the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF).

Councillors say Jardine Crescent Sports Ground, also known as the Ponderosa, has been underused in recent years, but the completion of a 700-metre boundary footpath has seen lots more people enjoying the use of the green space in Tile Hill.

Plans are now in place to install new illuminated bollards around the footpath at the Ponderosa. A new pond has also been planned to help boost diversity, Coventry City Council said.

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Improvements are also planned to the boundary footpath at Morris Common in Stoke Heath. Works will help raise the path out of the occasional damper areas of the park and protect the surface of the path, Coventry City Council said.

Coventry City Council told CoventryLive that they received £750,000 in funding from the COMF to improve green spaces in the city post-Covid. Works will be taking place in the coming weeks and are expected to be completed by the end of July.

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Our parks and open spaces are great places to be active, the health benefits are well known and I am delighted we can make these improvements to both Jardine Crescent and Morris Common.”

He added: “Runners and walkers are regularly using the footpaths and these are people of all ages. It is fantastic to see.”

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