Progress continues to be made at Meadowbank Recreation Ground in Dorking, as the new community-based sports facility takes shape.
The facilities will represent another exciting step in the ongoing development at Meadowbank, following the opening of Mole Valley’s high profile showpiece playground and addition of new outdoor fitness equipment in the park last year.
On Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April, five local artists exhibited their talents on designated sections of the large hoarding surrounding the construction site. Over the two days, Woven, Kiri, Uncle Stubble and David and Morgan Scoffield drew great interest from visitors to the park, as the artists set about work on their spectacular and innovative designs on the large public canvass. The artists even put a paintbrush in the hand of onlookers and encouraged them to make their own contribution. Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) worked closely with Transition Dorking, who arranged the artists’ involvement, with both parties wanting to ensure the local community was involved in a project for the community.
MVDC has invested £5million in the sports facility and also secured £500,000 through the Sport England Improvement Fund towards the provision of state-of-the-art football facilities. The football facility will feature a club house, floodlit third generation pitch, spectator stands and changing facilities. The new development will be widely utilised by many local football teams and also play host to non-league football in town.
Residents and visitors of all ages can look forward to enjoying the opening of highly-anticipated café facilities, outdoor patio area and exciting three-floor soft play area in the autumn. The new facility will have public toilets available to all visitors in the park and Surrey County Football Association will also be moving into their new headquarters in Meadowbank.
Richard Burrows, Corporate Head of Service, said: “The new facility will both excite and inspire, and we are only too aware that anticipation is building locally as the days and weeks roll by. Our aim was to use the hoardings to tell the story behind the project, and we count ourselves very fortunate that local artists played an important role in that and helping to build excitement ahead of the opening. The coming months will continue to see the development taking shape. I’m sure you’re as excited as we are.”