New pavilion planned in £5m West Smethwick Park revamp

A new pavilion is set to open as part of a multi-million pound bid to revamp West Smethwick Park.

Plans are gathering pace to create a new pavilion in West Smethwick Park
Plans are gathering pace to create a new pavilion in West Smethwick Park

The £5.2 million project will see the two-storey building built at the park – with a view to it open for use in 2021.

The announcement comes as Sandwell Leisure Trust has just been awarded a 10 year contract to run the new centre and nearby existing Sons of Rest building.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for leisure, Councillor Bill Gavan, said: “The new pavilion at West Smethwick Park is going to be a fantastic asset for the local community.

“The project as a whole is going to transform the park and a big part of that will be the new pavilion and the superb leisure, community and heritage opportunities it’s going to bring.

"It will also be a stone’s throw from the new aquatics centre and another great thing for Smethwick to look forward to. I look forward to seeing the new pavilion open to the public and being enjoyed as a place for fun, fitness and families.”

The project, which has been supported by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, will see the new two storey pavilion and café located in the centre of the park replacing the original refreshment rooms lost in the 1980’s.

The much anticipated restoration and revitalisation of the park will also include a comprehensive programme of targeted community and fitness activities ranging from dance, exercise and martial arts classes.

There are also plans for environmental training exhibitions and community art projects with strong references to the history of the Chance Family Glass works. A new on-site café will offer a catering service on site

Leisure bosses say they are also planning to host a series of mini sports festivals once the project is up and running.

Lynda Bateman, Chair of the Sandwell Leisure Trust Board, says: “This timely investment will breathe new life and potential into West Smethwick Park.”

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