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Sports bowls

We are continuing to work closely with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee as part of their venue operating planning process. Following developments to ensure we deliver successful lawn bowls and para bowls events at Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park, we are now delighted to announce that we will also provide the venue for the start and finish of the Cycling Road Race. We aim to maximise the overall benefits of the Games to residents, local businesses and visitors to the District and to promote the ongoing opportunities it can create.

Victoria Park footpath resurfacing

We are continuing to prepare to host the Birmingham 2022 Lawn and Para Bowls by resurfacing the footpaths in Victoria Park. This will take place from the week commencing Monday 22 February 2021 and is estimated to take 3 weeks to complete.

Some footpaths will be temporarily closed to ensure public safety whilst resurfacing is taking place. Signage on site will indicate alternative pedestrian access. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your co-operation.

For queries about these works, please email assetreferrals@warwickdc.gov.uk.

Riverside Walk improvement works

Resurfacing of the Riverside Walk footpath from Princes Drive to the clublands area off Adelaide Road were completed in January 2021.

Find out more about the improvement works to Riverside Walk and York Walk.

Preparations begin for a new outdoor gym in Victoria Park

Preparatory work for a new outdoor gym facility in Victoria Park has begun. The facility is being funded primarily by AC Lloyds and the Rotary Club of Royal Leamington Spa and will be supplied by Fresh Air Fitness.

The new facility will be located on the river side of the inner footpath between the skate park and Princes Drive car park.

Infrastructure improvements

Following the exciting announcement of the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise grant award, we are keen to keep our local public informed of the proposed infrastructure improvement projects to be put in place ahead of Victoria Park’s role as an official venue for Lawn Bowls and Para Bowls competitions in summer 2022. Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park proposed improvements

Warwick District Council is managing the projects with support from partners including Warwickshire County Council, Chiltern Railways, Sustrans and Network Rail.

Works have recently begun to refurbish the Lawn Bowls Pavilion and Clubhouse at Victoria Park and improvements are also being made along York Walk. Further details and updates will follow as projects progress.

Leamington Spa Station improvement scheme

The opportunity has arisen to improve Leamington Spa Station’s forecourt and station underpass as part of a suite of improvements to boost infrastructure in Royal Leamington Spa ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

What we are trying to do

  1. Deliver a successful Commonwealth Games event
  2. Improve the bowls venue, competition, participation and diversity
  3. Enhance the wider Victoria Park facilities, access and riverside links
  4. Raise awareness of the wellbeing benefits of an active lifestyle
  5. Maximise opportunities for local enterprise, culture, tourism and showcasing WDC’s reputation for events delivery

Current Position

  • Project Board established, chaired by the Project Sponsor (Chris Elliot) and  Project Manager appointed until March 2023 (Christina Boxer)
  • Project Operation Team and sub groups established with lead officers to focus on key elements of the project
  • Meetings held with Birmingham2022 Organising Committee to access venue layout and a greens programme of improvement
  • Initial planning towards a countdown of community events involving sport, leisure and cultural activities
  • Launch of a WDC Sport Ambassador scheme
  • Early contacts made with countries and potential host providers to offer Training Camps within the District.
  • Birmingham 2022 enterprise opportunities and business portal promoted to local business via Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Trade, Business Forums and Business Network International events.
  • Establishment of community stakeholder groups, with first meeting held with the Victoria Park Commonwealth Games Stakeholder Group

Opportunities

  • Improved facilities at Victoria Park for a range of users
  • Links with external stakeholders to deliver a successful event
  • An annual countdown of cultural and leisure events rotated across the District in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2022
  • Improved accessibility of Victoria Park and Leamington town centre
  • Local businesses assisted to win Birmingham2022 contracts
  • Visiting teams attracted for pre-Games Training Camps
  • Increased participation in bowls and other sports
  • Exciting volunteering opportunities being announced in 2020
  • Enhanced green corridor along the rivers Avon and Leam

Further information and updates

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP)

A total of £1.8 million has been awarded to Warwick District Council from Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) for infrastructure improvements.

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