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Glimmer of hope for Surfleet park

The facilities at a Surfleet park remain closed 14 months after they suddenly shut, but there is hope after one part of the park
reopened this week.

Following its closure in February, the all weather pitch at Glen Park in Surfleet reopened on Monday.

While the park has remained open throughout most of the lockdown, many of the facilities, including the play area and its equipment, are still closed.

The play area at Glen Park in Surfleet remains closed.
The play area at Glen Park in Surfleet remains closed.

A spokesperson for owners Surfleet Play and Recreation Charity (SPARC) said: “Glen Park has actually remained open for 16 of the 17 week lockdown, providing an important outlet for people suffering the sustained physical and emotional effect of the crisis.

“The decision to reopen our all weather pitch is good news for both the 30-plus football and hockey teams who play at Glen Park and SPARC. As the pitch is our only source of income, it will be the first time we’ll have earned a penny since the end of February.”

The play area was closed in May last year due to safety concerns.

The park is owned by SPARC, which is a volunteer run charity, which has raised over £1.7m to build Glen Park, entirely voluntarily, since 2002.

However, there is uncertainty as to when the play area will reopen to be used.

The spokesperson added: “As a small volunteer run charity, unfortunately we don’t have the resources to maintain or monitor use of facilities such as the outdoor gymnasium, activity equipment etc to meet government guidelines.

“These will remain closed for the time being and notices warning about the risk of COVID-19 have been attached to all items that are out of use.”

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