Eastleigh’s Pavilion on the Park, which was awarded a special grant from the Southampton Airport Big Idea Community Fund, has opened a new outdoor activity building. The 4all Hangar provides storage for specialist cycles and a focal point for developing work skills, independent living skills and recreation & leisure experiences.
The new hangar aims to improve engagement with the park, placing an emphasis on inclusivity and opportunity for everyone. The new facilities are designed encourage adventurous, challenging and inspiring activities, engage families in sustainable living and provide facilities to help those with challenging lives integrate with the community. Building work began in February this year after the Big Idea £50,000 grant was awarded and the 4allHangar was opened by The Worshipful the Mayor of the Borough of Eastleigh, Councillor Tony Noyce.
Jim Vaughan, Chairman of the Eastleigh Youth Trust and The Pavilion on the Park said:
“We now have access directly onto the park for cycling which will enable cyclists with disabilities to enjoy the expansive and beautiful parkland. With the new 4allHangar we can access our fleet of adapted cycles with ease, it will be easier to care for them, clean them and maintain them, and overall they will have a longer life span. This enables even more children, young people and adults with disabilities to access and enjoy inclusive cycling.”
Jan Halliday, Southampton Airport’s Director of Marketing and Communications, and Chair of the Community Fund said:
“We were delighted to award The Pavilion on the Park with our Big Idea Community Fund for 2013 and it is exciting to see it now come to fruition. The panel aimed to find an inspiring project that will make a big impact on the local community and the 4allHangar undoubtedly will. We are especially impressed with the high levels of community pride and involvement in this excellent project.”