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Robinson’s Common set to become a community sports hub

25 March 2019

Councillors with local residents.

Plans that will transform a piece of land into a new play area that will become a hub for community activity have been revealed.

Robinson's Common in Moss Street, Rochdale, is seeing major improvements to the recreational space that currently includes a children's play area and open space for sports.

Funded by section 106 contributions from nearby housing developers, the plans include a free to use a multi-use games area (MUGA), community allotments and an outdoor gym.

The 40-metre long facility will have pitch markings for 5-a-side football, netball and basketball.

Community allotments will be managed by local community group Petrus. Petrus are a local charity that provides supported housing and skills development to homeless people.

We consulted with the friends of Robinson's Common, Petrus, schools and residents in the design process of this ambitious scheme.

The 1st phase of the improvements is near completion and the game area is ready to be opened to the public. The outdoor gym and community allotment sites are due to follow later this. The work includes new footpaths, drainage systems, floodlighting and tree planting schemes that will improve site facilities.

Councillor Neil Emmott, our Cabinet Member for Environment said: "We're fortunate to have a number of beautiful parks in the borough, with ten having the coveted green flag status. The developments at Robinson's Common will regenerate the area so that it can be more widely used by families and the community. We've been told by residents how important parks and green spaces are to them and this investment shows our commitment to improving and maintaining our sites so that they are pleasant and enjoyable spaces for all." 

Councillor Daalat Ali, our Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning, Development and Housing said: "I'm delighted at how this project is taking shape. The multi-use games area will be ready for use shortly and phase two, which will include the new outdoor gym, will start this spring."

We've recently extended 2 other play areas in Denehurst Park and at Ings Lane as part of the green spaces plan.