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Residents at the opening of the new Sainte Foy recreation area
A new recreation area in Lichfield has been officially opened. The ribbon was cut on the recreation hub off Sainte Foy Avenue yesterday (February 21) councillors Val Richards and Neil Roberts. The area features a multi-use games area for football and basketball, an outdoor gym, a small cycle and jogging track, and an area for skateboarding. Cllr Richards said:
“We were both delighted to open this new facility, which offers something for residents of all ages. It is already proving popular with local people, who have been using it to get fit and play.  “This development is thanks to a big group effort – from the Leomansley Area Residents’ Association who successfully applied for section 106 money to build the outdoor gym, to Taylor Wimpey who installed the multi-use games area, entrance gates, and landscaped the area.  “A special thank you must also go to the friends of Michael Patterson, who, since his tragic death in 2008, helped to raise money to create the half-pipe skating memorial in his name. They were helped by Lichfield Skatepark Association, who applied for extra funding from Staffordshire Community Foundation’s Grassroots Fund, and Gravity Engineering who provided the half-pipe at a discounted cost. “We know the Sainte Foy recreation area is fast becoming the heart of the local community, and we hope everyone has lots of fun here for years to come.” 
A toucan crossing has also been installed to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to get to the recreation area.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.