New pavilion opens at Abbey Rec

Residents and councillors gathered at Abbey Recreation Ground on Saturday 29 October for the official opening of the new sports pavilion.

Replacing the old pavilion, which closed in May this year, the new building was opened by Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond, and will offer four brand new changing rooms and leisure space for residents in Merton.

The new building includes three standard changing rooms, one disabled changing room, a separate area for officials changing, a meeting room and kitchen. The pavilion is exceedingly ‘green’ and features an eco-friendly sedum roof with light tubes and has under floor heating throughout. The new pavilion is also covered by CCTV for safety and security.

The total cost of the new pavilion was £360,000 with £110,000 provided by Merton Council. Further funding came from The London Marathon Fund (£150,000) and Viridor Credits (£100,000).

Cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration, Councillor Andrew Judge said: “It’s great to see the new pavilion up and running for our local residents. Thanks is due to the initiative and commitment of the Residents’ Association and to the work of Merton officers.’

Abdul Latif, Chair of Willmore End Residents Association (WERA) said: ‘This funding was excellent news for the local community. Merton Council and WERA deserve credit for their hard work in making this happen. Previously WERA raised a total sum of £93,000 of grants from the same two Funds to reconstruct disused tennis courts in adjoining Nursery Road Playing Fields. The new tennis courts are free for the public to use. Recently WERA has also planted over 2,000 tree saplings in the area.”

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Press Contact:
Leoni Munslow
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 4654