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11/10/2019
Community activities coming up at West Smethwick Park

A series of free activities as part of the community programme at West Smethwick Park are being held over the next two weeks.

The activities include volunteer woodland management work, community bulb planting, a bat walk and a talk about the history of the park.

Councillor Maria Crompton, Sandwell Council's cabinet member with responsibility for parks, said she was very pleased with the work taking place at the park under plans by the council with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

She said:

“I have visited the Friends group at the park and was very impressed with the level of commitment and desire to make the most of this park.

“People taking part in the activities will get a good idea of what is happening to the park and be able to get involved in ways to improve it.”

All of these free activities and the restoration works at the park are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the council.

On Thursday 17 October, 12.45 – 1.45pm, local historian Malcolm Snow is at the community pavilion talking about the history of the park.

The following day, Friday 18 October, it's the second Volunteers Day to continue with the woodland management programme. Meet at 10.30am at the changing rooms.

On Saturday 19 October, people can join in with the community bulb planting of daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses to make a beautiful spring display. Work will take place between 11am and 2pm. Refreshments are provided after the planting.

There is a bat walk on Tuesday 22 October, with enthusiasts meeting at the pavilion at 5.45pm for a twilight walk around the park. People are asked to bring a torch to seek out the bats that live in the park.

The woodland activities programme is held on the first Saturday of each month, 10am – 1pm. The full programme is on www.sandwell.gov.uk/westsmethwickpark, and details are available at “The West Smethwick Park” on Facebook or contact the project office on 0121 569 4247.

The restoration work is part of the £5.1 million project which includes restoring the memorial to James Chance, the John Homer Chance fountain, airmen’s memorial and both entrance gateways.

Work will start on the building works next year, including a new pavilion with an events area. The new pavilion, run by Sandwell Leisure Trust, will have a café, public toilets and space for events, classes and exhibitions.

The pool will be improved and there will be new outdoor gym equipment, new CCTV and lighting.  

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