Grants for fishing swims and dog agility in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 April 2018

Stanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Better access to fishing spots, a dog agility course and interactive walks will be brought to Welwyn Garden City to encourage more people to make use of green spaces.

Stanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOOStanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stanborough Park has been given a grant of £4,078 towards a project called ‘Angling for All - youth, family and disability focus’.

The grant will be used to improve access to swims (where you set up your rods) for disabled users.

Renovation will also take place to swims to create more space for disabled anglers and families.

Some of the grant will then be spent on fishing equipment sets to be used for free angling tuition sessions.

Stanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOOStanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stanborough Park has also been given £10,000 in lottery funding for the design and installation of beacon technology.

One hundred beacons will be placed around park “promoting an interesting range of physical activities and challenges whilst enjoying the outdoor space”, according to the borough council.

Examples of these activities include geocaching, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts and interactive walks.

The system is expected be up and running by this summer.

Stanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOOStanborough Park. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn Hatfield Council’s leisure contractor, Finesse, has also been awarded £2,000 from a county councillor’s Locality

Budget Scheme for the design and installation of a dog agility course at Moneyhole Lane Park.

The investments in Stanborough Park and Moneyhole Lane Park were revealed in a document prepared for the council’s Social Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The document also highlighted visitor numbers to leisure facilities and revealed a fall in the overall income levels against the 2017/18 budget.

It notes: “Whilst some areas of the business have achieved significant growth, such as Stanborough Park with increased income of £67,000 in nine months and main hall bookings at the Hatfield Leisure Centre increasing by 19 per cent, Panshanger Golf Complex and Hatfield Swim Centre did not achieve the targets set.

“Health and fitness revenue has recovered over the nine month period, however the growth has been slower than anticipated and overall income levels were £30,000 short of the 2017-18 budget.”

Expenditure has been “reduced where possible” with budget savings of £98,000 over nine months.

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