The Woodcote Park masterplan set the ambition of developing Woodcote Park into a centre for sport, leisure and family activities. Our aim is to appeal to the broadest possible range of members of all ages – making it an even more attractive destination to visit, whether with children or without.
The new family facilities, scheduled to open in spring 2020, will be the most significant extension to the Club’s facilities since Cedars Sports opened in 1989.
The centrepiece of the new facilities will be a new building, with an elegant design and a wood, zinc and glass exterior. The entrance lobby will open out to a café, a soft play area and a lounge for pre-teenagers. From the café, parents will be able to look down on the swimming area, designed specifically to be suitable for children and in two parts, a 15m by 8m pool and a shallow water confidence play pool, with sprays, bubbles and waterfalls to entertain the youngest children. The changing facilities have also been carefully designed for family use.
Of course, with such a large area available, many of the facilities will be outdoors. Two ‘Multi-Use Games Areas’ (MUGAs) will provide surfaces suitable for junior sports such as football, basketball and tennis, whether in organised sessions or for informal play. Outdoor play equipment will provide plenty of opportunities for children to climb, swing and balance. The water fun will also continue outside, with a splash playground where jets of water and brightly coloured fountains will be a magnet for excited children, particularly on warm summer days.
Directly in front of the new building and its outdoor café terrace will be a large lawn, perfect for children to run around and play games on, while the more distant areas will provide quieter areas for picnics and relaxation. Moving outside the walled garden, the woodland between the new facilities and the Cedar Lawn will be restored to provide more areas to explore and play.
An extensive programme of sporting lessons and activities will be provided for various age groups throughout the year, as well as frequent special events.
Much more information will be published in the April edition of Pell-Mell & Woodcote and on the Club website over the coming months, including regular progress reports and announcements about new details as they become available.