Community Walking and Cycling Day
A Jewel in the Crown of the New Walking and Cycle Trail.
Rectory Park was a hive of activity on Bank Holiday Monday the 31st May 2010, a day for celebration, the official opening of the newly completed traffic free cycle and walking path linking up Rectory Park, New Hall Valley Country Park, and Penns Lane.
Back in 2007 the Friends of Rectory Park (FoRP) was consulted and gave valuable input on the new proposed cycle and walking route through the Park, so FoRP were pleased to be asked to participate on this special day of celebration of the Official opening of the new route through our Park.
In Rectory Park the day kicked off with a walk round the Park led by one of the Friends, followed throughout the day by groups of cyclists and walkers travelling along the new route in both directions.
FoRP set up the camp tent on the field behind the cricket club handing out refreshments and route maps to everyone that walked and rode by.
The FoRP camp also included two display easels specially built by FoRP members to display information and photographs of the work and projects completed by the Friends Group since its formation in November 2006.
With help from Birmingham City Council, local schools, and our other Sponsors we have made a difference to our Park.
Councillor Parkin And Ray Stark
The park was buzzing with people by lunch time ready to watch the Football and Cricket Clubs games starting at 1.pm. All afternoon there was a non stop flow of cyclists and walkers testing out the new route. Many of them had never visited Rectory Park before, some didn’t even know it existed; all were surprised with the beauty of the Park and the facilities it has to offer the local community.
Peter Gay our Secretary and Ray Stark our chairman
The day’s event was organised by the Connect2birmingham project Steering Group, and sponsored by Birmingham City Council, Sustrans and The National Lottery Big Idea Fund. The day’s event ran from 10am till 4pm and was a resounding success on all accounts. The new path encourages people to venture through Rectory Park and to explore the routes beyond. It will bring families together for cycling and walking trips and will hopefully encourage children to walk or ride their bikes to school, and it will provide traffic-free access to essential local services for local people.
A ride at Dawn and some of the rest of the team
And it doesn’t end there; future plans for the route are already drawn up and the next section plans to link with Pype Hayes Park, and eventually this the route (route 534) will eventually join with the planned 533 route at the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
FoRP wish to thank all who have been involved in providing our Park with this new facility, and we look forward to the future connections to Sutton Park, Falcon Lodge and beyond.
Money Well Spent.
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