Cycle park improvements approved for Southampton Outdoor Sports Center
A BIKE park and woodland path are slated for a major overhaul at the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre.
City leaders have informed plans to redevelop the site and work could begin as early as this spring.
More than 2,500 people responded to a public consultation launched by the city council, with 93% of respondents agreeing with the proposals.
Among the results, respondents said that the improvements planned in a draft master plan would have an extremely positive impact on their community.
Detailed plans will now be drawn up for the main site as work begins on the bike park and forest trail.
City Council finance boss Cllr John Hannides has now called the £16.85million scheme ‘the biggest investment in the outdoor sports center in over 80 years since it opened in 1938”.
He added: “Not only do these improvement plans secure the future of this much-loved iconic sports venue, they also support our bid to become City of Culture 2025 by improving health and well-being while maintaining and improving our heritage, boosting the local economy and creating new jobs for local people.We have had a fantastic response from people across Southampton supporting the site improvement proposals and I am delighted that we were able to officially approve these proposals to advance this project even further.
Depending on planning permission and project funding, major work on the rest of the complex could begin this fall.
Key features of the planned works include a new ‘hub’ providing changing rooms, a gym and cafe, new indoor tennis and netball courts, cycling upgrades, new artificial turf football pitches and hockey field improvements.
Improvements to the snow sports center include a new ski lodge, while a new ‘family zone’ will be created to the north of the site, offering an outdoor gym, skate park and children’s play area .
An expanded grandstand and pavilion for athletics track events and officials will also be created along with upgrades to the cricket grounds, additional on-site parking and upgrades to pathways, seating, lighting and features environmental.