Public votes win park special status

CENTRE Vale Park has been awarded prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fields status after winning a public vote.

Residents in Calderdale voted the park one of the winners of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, a campaign organised by national charity Fields in Trust to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

By being awarded the prestigious status, the park is one of 2,012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities across the country which will be protected as a permanent living legacy of the two major events.

Centre Vale Park will be able to apply for funding to protect it forever, ensuring communities and future generations will always have access to it.

Wellholme Park in Brighouse was also voted one of the winners.

Coun Pauline Nash, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “I’m thrilled that two Calderdale parks have received such a prestigious award and can help create a lasting legacy of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

“Our parks are an important part of our environment, and they have a big part to play in contributing to people’s health and well-being.

“The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge has given us the fantastic chance to preserve the land, facilities and opportunities for sport, play and outdoor recreation both now and forever.

“Thank you to all the Calderdale residents who took the time to vote for their favourite parks.”

Fields in Trust was delighted that thousands of people showed support for their local parks and playing fields.