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Investment improves accessibility at March Park

Visitors to March's West End Park can now benefit from improved accessibility, thanks to a partnership between Fenland District Council and Clarion Futures.

West End Park Clarion improvements

Two new footpaths have been created, grass pot holes filled in and trees trimmed back following almost £6,000 of funding from Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.

The improvements have made the popular open space more accessible for users and already had a significant impact on the park's parkrun route.

March parkrun is one of thousands of free 5km parkruns held around the country, encouraging people of all fitness levels to walk, jog or run every Saturday morning.

The event sees between 100 to 200 weekly runners take part in the four-lap course around the park, which over the winter has taken its toll on the ground.

Now a new bark footpath and matted footpath have been created to ensure not only the safety of the runners, but for all users of the park. Other improvements included the removal of exposed tree roots and other trip hazards, and the levelling of sunken areas of ground.

The work was completed by the Council's horticultural contractor ISS Facility Services Landscaping and the matting path provided by Fenland Leisure Products Ltd.

Simon Render, March parkrun Director said: "The continued excellent support from Fenland District Council and Clarion Futures with their recent fantastic work in West End Park has improved the safety and sustainability of the park for parkrun and other park users tremendously, with a much safer and more durable running surface. This is reflected by our numbers which are up to 170 runners/joggers/walkers weekly at a time of year when numbers traditionally drop." 

Cllr Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "The partnership between the Council and Clarion Futures is a great example of how we can work together to improve our local parks and open spaces and use them to bring our communities together. These improvements have made the park more accessible for everyone to enjoy, including runners, dog walkers and parents with buggies."

Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at Clarion Futures, added: "We're committed to helping improve the neighbourhoods our residents live in and are delighted with the way our funding has been used to make West End Park safer for not only Clarion Housing residents, but the wider community too."

Article added: February 14, 2018