Southwark Council has hit the ground running with the opening of Southwark Park’s new Athletics Track.
London Olympics 400m runner Conrad Williams, Team GB coach and former hurdler Lloyd Cowan MBE joined Southwark’s leading councillors for the unveiling on Tuesday night.
The flood-lit, six-lane track forms part of Phase One of plans to reinstate Southwark Park’s athletics facilities. The next phase of the project will be to refurbishment of the pavilion.
Councillor Maisie Anderson, cabinet member for public health, parks and leisure, said: “I am delighted to be opening our brand new athletics track in Southwark Park.
“It has taken a lot of hard work to get here and whether it’s for athletics training and competitions or regular exercise sessions, I look forward to seeing the track being put to good use.
“This track is for the whole community and its completion demonstrates that we remain committed to giving Southwark an Olympic legacy of which we can all be really proud.”
Opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday evenings for club training sessions, and Saturday mornings for the general public.
Both the track and forthcoming athletics pavilion are planned to open seven days a week from next year. £145k of funding was provided by the National Lottery.
Sarah Ridley, chief grants officer for the London Marathon Charitable Trust, said: “More than one in four people in England do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a week. We are pleased to have provided a major grant for the refurbishment of Southwark Park Athletics Track, which will host programmes that will encourage people of all ages and abilities in the community to get off the couch and to get active in their local area.”
Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “Our Inspired Facilities fund is a helping hand to thousands of community sports projects across the country. No club is immune to wear and tear, and this fund recognises the tremendous work they do in helping local people keep active. I am delighted that thanks to the National Lottery we have been able to provide Southwark Park Athletics Track with £145k to help deliver this fantastic track.”