Merton parks scoop Marathon cash

Merton Council and the Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field have successfully worked together to scoop over £25,000 from the London Marathon Trust Fund to revamp games courts at the site.

A successful bid to the London Marathon Trust was put together last summer. During the next few months a new basketball area, which will include heavy duty fencing, will be installed. A few years ago the Friends Group worked successfully with the council to refurbish the old tennis courts on the site.

And that is not the only good news. The London Marathon Trust Fund is also putting £20,000 towards revamping the tennis courts at Oakleigh Way Recreation Ground, including erecting heavy duty fencing around them.

Councillor Tariq Ahmad, Cabinet Member for Environment and Traffic Management, said: “I am delighted the Friends of Sir Joseph Hood and the Council have been successful in bidding for this money.

“This is an excellent example of how the Council can work closely with community organisations to ensure we provide the best facilities possible for residents.

“Being able to provide excellent facilities is also essential if we are to be successful in reapplying for Green Flag status. Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field was awarded Green Flag status in 2007 – the first park in Merton to achieve this – but we have to reapply for the award every year and make sure we maintain our high standards.”