Clive Efford opened the Horn Park sports area in Horn Park on Saturday 27 May 2006. Clive says, “This follows on from the Skateboard Park that we opened a few years ago. I believe that we need more of these types of play areas in our recreational parks. The floodlights will allow it to be used in winter.”
Young people often complain of having little to do and few places to play football and other games. They say that they can not use them in the dark and they risk getting their cloths stained playing in grassed areas. Horn Park estate has had problems with large groups of kids hanging around on street corners. Clive adds, “This will not solve all of the problems, but young people now have somewhere to go and at the same time get some healthy exercise.”
Plans are now going ahead with Charlton Athletic to use the new ball park to involve young people in sports activities.
A new young children’s play area has also been built together with a new fence for Horn Park School that backs on to the park.
The accompanying picture shows Clive cutting the ribbon to open the new ball park with Lynsey Richards, a cheerleader and Hannah Morris age 10.