Park’s bid for Green Flag status to start

Hampden Park
Hampden Park

Hampden Park is in line for a facelift as part of a bid for Green Flag status to set it apart for other parks and green spaces.

Green Flag is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK and the much loved park could see pathways lit, traffic calming, replace playground equipment, a new BMX track, resurfaced tennis courts and improvements to the toilets.

Eastbourne Borough Council – with the backing of the Friends of Hampden Park – is putting together the bid for Green Flag status and a presentation on the future of the park will be held at on April 20.

A council spokesperson said this week Hampden Park was a much loved park, well used by the people of Eastbourne and had an estimated 500,000 visitors a year.

“Balancing the visitor needs and park uses is a continuing challenge for the future,” said the spokesperson.

“The park provides a place where people can relax, be involved in recreational activities, both active and passive, and somewhere where they can learn in both formal and informal ways about the rich heritage of the park as well as its ecology.”

Decoy Wood and Ham Shaw, Decoy Stream nature and conservation, Decoy Pond and margins, the cafe and the central activity hub, sports grounds including the indoor bowls club, tennis court and Eastbourne Rugby Club, and Hampden Park Drive are all identified in the bid.

“Significant funding has been identified by Eastbourne Borough Council to invest in Hampden Park and there is the opportunity to introduce new features and landscaping to improve the popularity.

“There are still many further aspirations for Hampden Park and this management plan sets out how Hampden Park is currently managed and aspirations for the future.

“The aspiration is to establish a series of new objectives for Hampden Park so that its many users can continue to enjoy the many facilities on offer in the decades ahead.”

A presentation of the Final Management Plan for Green Flag will be given by Jon Sheaff at the Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club in Hampden Park on April 20 between 5-6.30pm.