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Community comes together for free summer activities at Brooklands

Released: Friday, 06 September 2019

Worthing's Brooklands Park was brought to life this summer as hundreds of people came together to share the sunshine and fun, free, family friendly activities.

Working with Worthing Borough Council, Food Pioneers a neighbourhood based, non-profit food enterprise, invited local families to take part in a range of free family activities at the popular park during the school holidays.

A large community picnic started off the programme, which also included opportunities for kids to have a go at making bug hotels, slacklining, and whittling wood into their own magic wands.

Now, as children head back to school, it's back to work on the master plan at Brooklands Park. The Council is continuing with the improvements with its partners, developing the open space into a new Adventure Park that has emphasis on learning about science and the natural environment through fun, play and exploration.

Councillor Edward Crouch, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Digital & Environmental Services, said:

“It has been fantastic to see people of all ages come together to make some memories and make some friends.”

“As a Council we are committed to promoting projects helping people live healthier, happier lives and it's been encouraging to see so many local people making the most of a varied, educational and free programme of events in one of our unique open spaces.”

Food Pioneers work to build community through shared food experiences. As their name suggests, they hosted events at Brooklands based around cooking and eating together, like honey tasting and fireside snack making.

Director of Food Pioneers, Anne Thwaites, said:

“It's been such a great series of events, and we were all blown away by the kindness and generosity of those who attended.”

“These events were some of the most community-minded we have ever organised, and certainly also some of the most popular with an average of 250 guests per event.”

Brooklands Park is a large 45-acre open space around an eight acre lake which has recently been restored by dredging, the building of a 105m boardwalk and the introduction of reed beds.

Along with the free family summer activities not for profit organisation CYCALL have been running free adapted cycling sessions at Brooklands Park on Saturday afternoons. CYCALL's adapted cycles makes cycling accessible for disabled adults and children or anyone with a health issue.

Meanwhile, on Friday evenings free coaching sessions and rides have been led by fully qualified and insured British Cycling Coaches and Ride Leaders, using the cycle track at Brooklands amphitheatre.

A major investment will be made over the next three years into the area, which will be home to a new cafe and lakeside picnicking area and improved walks and fitness trails. There will be areas for outdoor events and community activities, community gardens and an adventure play area

An indoor leisure activity centre in the south west corner of the park is also proposed, ensuring the park remains an attractive destination all year round.

See also: Brooklands Park Masterplan

Photo: Local families taking part in a range of free family activities at the Brooklands summer event

PR19-130 - Local families taking part in a range of free family activities at the Brooklands summer event

Photo: Making fireside snacks

PR19-130 - Making fireside snacks

Photo: Honey tasting

PR19-130 - Honey tasting

Photo: Seed bomb making

PR19-130 - Seed bomb making

Photo: Slacklining

PR19-130 - Slacklining

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