WORK has begun to transform John Whitehead Park’s bowling green in Billingham.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is working in partnership with Billingham Bowls Club to develop a new synthetic bowling green within the park which will allow people to bowl seven days a week, 52 weeks of the year.
Once complete, the green will be the first synthetic bowling surface in the Tees Valley. The project has been supported by the Council and grants from Sport England and Impetus Environment Trust.
Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “There are currently two greens at John Whitehead Park which are used to full capacity during the summer but from mid-September through to mid-April they are closed. The synthetic green will mean that despite the time of year or weather people will be able to enjoy the sport they love.
“The new green will also help sustain the future of Billingham Bowls Club and will have a positive impact on those wishing to play the sport at any time of year across our area.”
Mike Dixon, from Billingham Bowling Club, said: “The first outdoor all-weather green in the North East will increase our membership primarily September through to April. Billingham Bowling Club welcomes new members, male and female, young and old, new and experienced bowlers, for those wanting a social environment or competitive opportunity.
“Our club is a social meeting place which enables all to obtain exercise and fresh air within a friendly atmosphere. The club is already used by various community groups that enjoy bowling and we hope this will be further developed to help residents in our local area.”
Work to install the synthetic green will be complete by the start of the new bowling season in April 2017.
For more information, visit www.johnwhiteheadparkbc.wixsite.com/bowling-club or call 01642 554033.