The centre is due to reopen to the general public from Monday 26 July. The improvements include a brand new running track with additional works to the ground under the track, new pathways providing better accessibility, an improved long jump area and modern LED lighting to contribute to the council’s commitment to make its operations carbon neutral by 2030.
Portfolio holder for Tourism, Culture and Leisure, BCP Council, Councillor Mohan Iyengar, said: “I’m delighted these enhancements are now complete and Kings Park Athletics Centre can open up once again. This facility is an important community asset with thousands of schoolchildren using this venue every year, as well as being the home of the Bournemouth Athletic Club, so I’m looking forward to welcoming them all back to use this enhanced facility.
“We’re want to helping people lead active and healthy lifestyles, and the reopening of this facility reinforces this commitment.”
There will be a free family open day on Saturday 24 July held by Bournemouth Athletic Club with a number of activities taking place. These will include coaching demonstrations, a schools’ 3K fun run and a wheelchair athletes demonstration. Refreshments and a BBQ will be available. It is hoped that the day will start with the first parkrun in over a year, provided the changes in the government’s roadmap come into effect on 19 July.
Vice chair of Bournemouth Athletic Club Tim Hughes, said: “We’re delighted with the improvements that have been made at Kings Park Athletics Centre. Our members can’t wait to get back on the track and start using the world-class facilities to enable them to build on their fitness levels and compete across the country.
“This family open day is a celebration of athletics. People can come down to see the improvements that have been made, get involved in an event, enjoy a BBQ and watch some competitive athletes in action.”
For further information on the open day, please visit www.bournemouthac.co.uk/
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