Park to become sports zone

Back (l-r) Coun David Owen, Ash Hackett, Karl Oyston, Coun Graham Cain, Coun Fred Jackson 'Front (l-r) Logan Sharp, Brandon Clare, Summer Jarvis, Daniel Mclaughlin, Robert McKenna
Back (l-r) Coun David Owen, Ash Hackett, Karl Oyston, Coun Graham Cain, Coun Fred Jackson 'Front (l-r) Logan Sharp, Brandon Clare, Summer Jarvis, Daniel Mclaughlin, Robert McKenna
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An underused park is set to be rejuvenated and made into a state-of-the-art sports zone.

A patch of Revoe Park could be leased to Blackpool Football Club’s Community Trust, following a consultation with residents.

The Blackpool Council-owned site currently consists of a multi-use games arena, as well as a small section of the unused bowling green.

But ambitious plans could see the Community Trust apply for special Premier League legacy funding to turn the area into a modern, all weather, floodlit multi-sports zone.

It is hoped the Community Trust could apply for approximately £500,00 to transform the park.

Coun Graham Cain Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “We know that Revoe Park is a big part of South Shore and has potential to be a hub of community activity.

“Unfortunately that just isn’t the case at the moment and it isn’t being used as much as it could be.

“We will be talking to residents and partners to get their views on our new plans for the park, which include handing over a section at the west of the park to the football club.

“We have a really good working relationship with Karl Oyston and the club.

“The Community Trust’s work is hugely important to help keep young people in the town active, engaged and safe and we’re always looking for a way to help them expand the service that they offer.”

Karl Oyston, chairman of Blackpool FC, said: “I firmly believe the proposed scheme will make a beneficial difference to the Revoe area and beyond and hugely improve the quality of delivery in many of the club’s Community Trust schemes.

“We are pleased to be working so closely with the council to address and solve a broad range of issues.”

Coun David Owen, councillor for Victoria ward, says the project will address the worries of some residents.

He added: “One of residents’ concerns in Victoria is that Revoe Park isn’t used as well as it could be.

“We’ve been keen to get the park revitalised for a number of years now and I’m delighted that we finally have a plan in place to do that.”

The next stage is for Blackpool FC to apply for Premier League legacy funding.