Valley Road Park
Valley Road Park is a network of long thin green spaces alongside the Valley Road ring-road on the north edge of Sherwood.
In total they cover 7.5 hectares and include open grassed areas, bowling greens, tennis courts, children's playground, two pavilions and the Daybrook water meadow. During 2011, a multi-use games area, outdoor gym and petanque courts were completed in 2011, with proposals in place for a refurbished playground in early 2013.
- Skatepark (opening December 2011)
- Multi-Use Games Area
- Outdoor Gym
- Petanque (French bowls) courts
- Tennis Courts
- Bowling Greens
- Football Pitch
- On-Site Parking
- Play Area
- Public Transport
The new sports zone at Valley Road was developed in conjunction with Groundwork Greater Nottingham during 2010 and 2011. Over £270,000 of funding from Nottingham City Council, Community Spaces grant, Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd and Awards for All enabled the development of the petanque terrain, multi-use games area and outdoor gym. The site is named in memory of Jason Spencer whose friends and family kick-started the idea and raised money for the site including a Youth Bank grant.
The final development at Valley Road will be a concrete skatepark which has been designed in conjunction with local young people. This was completed in December 2011 and opened in March 2012.
Valley Road park includes grass and tarmac tennis courts. These are currently open for free use during the summer.
On The Ball Coaching is excited to be working with the Parks and Open Spaces service to grow tennis. We aim to deliver an affordable park tennis programme at Vernon Park and Valley Road. If you would like to get involved or have any questions please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"On The Ball Coaching are a great team of energetic tennis coaches. Their lessons are good fun and well planned. As a team they are striving to improve and their hard work and enthusiasm rubs off on all their players." Audrey Macmillan, Mother of Three Children & Tennis Club Committee Member.
NCPC look after the 28 petanque pistes at Valley Road and organise games and competitions at the site. To find out more or get involved, please see their website at http://www.nottinghampetanque.com
The Valley Road flood meadow scheme was a partnership between the Environment Agency and Nottingham City Council. The project aimed to improve the biodiversity and conservation value of the area by increasing the amount of wetland habitat available whilst not affecting its flood storage function.
Prior to the project, the Day Brook was a straight, deep man-made channel with very little wildlife interest. The works took place in 2007 and involved meandering the channel through the grassland and the excavation of ponds and pools. The channel was designed to include pools and riffles and reedbeds to create a natural system. The surrounding area was seeded with a suitable wetland species mix. Lowland wetlands are an important habitat in the UK and are great for attracting lots of different birds, insects and mammals.
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