Thursday saw the beginning of the reconstruction of Conniburrow Pavilion..
Mayor of Milton Keynes, councillor Catriona Morris, had the honour of placing the first spade alongside Paul Sanders, Milton Keynes Council Community Facilities Unit Assistant Director, Tracey Jones, Milton Keynes Council Leisure and Community Officer, Joy Cowell, Conniburrow Community Association and Hannah Bladen, Sport England.
The pavilion, which had been destroyed by a fire in July 2010, is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will provide excellent facilities for the local community.
The pavilion will be managed by Conniburrow Community Association and will include a hall, meeting room and changing facilities to support the outdoor sports pitches. The sports pitches had a history of being unplayable due to water logging but a new drainage system will help to provide high quality pitches for years to come, including a new high specification baseball diamond.
The combined project is valued at around £900,000 funded from insurance, Section 106 developers contributions and a Sport England grant.
The project is being delivered by Milton Keynes Council in partnership with Conniburrow Community Association, Great Linford Parish Council and Baseball Softball UK.
Joy Cowell, Chair of Conniburrow Community Association said “This is an exciting time for our residents. I am delighted that the heart of Conniburrow Community is beginning to beat again. It has been a long journey for the project team and we are looking forward to the journey’s end on completion of our Community Centre and development of Conniburrow playing field”.