Palatine Park and playground
Equipment list for Palatine Park playground
- Smaller children's play equipment - 2 to 6 years typically
- Older children's play equipment - 6 years onwards typically
- Multi sports - football/basketball/cricket
Originally laid out in 1960 this site has recently been developed with a new pavilion and pitch drainage scheme and was re-opened by Sir Trevor Brooking on 4th April 2012.
The scheme, costing in the region of £1.6m, has seen the demolition of the old pavilion replaced by a new state of the art, two storey building with changing rooms on the ground floor and an imposing glass fronted upper floor with social and educational space. The building is fully DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) compliant.
The building has green roof panels, some solar heating panels and many modern features making it a very pleasant building to use.
The pitches themselves were either completely stripped, levelled, drained and resown or just sand-banded. There are eight pitches in all, of various sizes to cater for different age groups.
The redevelopment was funded by the Council with assistance to the tune of over £450,000 from the Football Foundation.
To attract this level of financial assistance the Council worked with a partner club, Worthing Town F.C. who are a F.A. Charter Standard Community Club possessing all the credentials to satisfy the Football Foundations criteria for the development of the game.
The club, through their committee and volunteers, are now managing the pavilion on behalf of the Council and use the majority of the fixture opportunities at the site for their teams. Any un-booked fixtures will be fed back into the Council's pitch booking system. Please contact our Sports Booking Team for more information on how to book football pitches at this site.
There are no training opportunities for other clubs at the site as Worthing Town F.C. are using it to capacity and the Council is mindful of the need to rotate wear to avoid more permanent damage to the turf.
Clubs who may have trained at Palatine before the redevelopment are advised to continue using where they used during the building phase or to contact our Sports Booking Team. If training space continues to develop as an issue a booking system similar to pitch booking may have to be formulated to ensure that playing conditions are not jeopardised.
Further changes on the site include an improved, enlarged and lit car park, a maintenance compound and better access via the drive off Palatine Road.
The development was designed by HSSP Architects Ltd of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and built by Morgan Sindall PLC of Brighton. The pitch works were carried out by Speedcut Contractors Ltd of Kidlington, Oxfordshire. The works were overseen by Worthing Borough Council, Technical Services Department on behalf of the Council.
There is still a play area and a basketball pad located at the site which is now a 'dogs on leads' site under the recently convened Dog Control Orders.