LEISURE • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY • SPORT

Temporary Closure of Paddington Recreation Ground Athletics Track

A temporary closure of the Athletics Track at Paddington Recreation ground will be put in place until early Spring in order to facilitate improvement works in and around the track.

A temporary partial-closure of the track will being from w/c 22 February 2021, to safely facilitate the full replacement of the athletics and also for the new Parkour park, which will be located adjacent to the existing MUGA (multi use games area).

During this time, access to the track will be only be facilitated on a restricted timetable only, followed by a temporary full-closure until works are complete in Spring 2021.

Athletics Track Closures Times

Partial-Closure
Monday 22 February 2021 to Sunday 28 February 2021, from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

Full Closure
Monday 1 March 2021 to Friday 30 April 2021

The track is currently accessible until Monday 22 February access will be restricted to evenings and weekends only, up until Monday 1 March, where the track will be fully closed, at least until Friday 30th April in order the facilitate the safe completion of the works.

Upon completion, visitors to Paddington Recreation Ground will be able to enjoy a fully refurbished athletics track accompanied by a purposed built Parkour park, in addition to the various other improvement works we undertook last Spring/Summer.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you for helping us to keep you and everyone active! If you would like more information regarding the ongoing works, please contact us.

‘CycloPlay’ and ‘Bark Park’ Supplementary Consultation Report

ActiveWestminster have finalised the report for the supplementary ‘CycloPlay’ and ‘Bark Park’ consultation that was launched in September 2020 is now available for download by members of the public and users of Paddington Recreation Ground.

Following the initial consultations for the proposed ‘CycloPlay’ facility and the ‘Bark Park’ (Carlton Gate dog area) at Paddington Recreation Ground, ActiveWestminster decided to launch a 4-week supplementary consultation to further explore and understand comments raised by the initial consultations.

The supplementary public consultation provided further insight into public views and need in relation to both proposals for the CycloPlay facility and ‘Bark Park’ at Carlton Gate and was undertaken to supplement the individual CycloPlay and Carlton Gate dog area public consultations undertaken in June 2020.

A high proportion of the supplementary public consultation response was from dog owners and/or those who regularly use the dog areas at Paddington Recreation Ground (60%).

The Initial Consultations

The ‘CycloPlay’ and Carlton Gate dog area (Bark Park) public consultations were open for 4 weeks and ran parallel to each other from 9am, Sunday 14 June until midnight, Monday 13 July 2020.

Both consultations were accessible online and were promoted to the public via hard-copy posters containing a digital QR code, social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), email and the ActiveWestminster website.

The ‘CycloPlay’ public consultation recorded 177 responses with 98% of all participants self-identifying as users of Paddington Recreation Ground and 82% of responses being from Westminster residents. The consultation identified that the proposed development of ‘CycloPlay’ area at Paddington Recreation ground is favourable with 75% of all responses signalling support for the proposal. Read and download the full report here.

The Supplementary Consultation

The supplementary public consultation found clear differences when comparing findings from the initial public consultation in feedback that reduced public enjoyment of Paddington Recreation Ground.

Notably, in the supplementary consultation, dogs reducing enjoyment reported 72% no reduction in enjoyment (previously 40% reduced enjoyment) and bikes in the park (previously 13% reduces enjoyment) divided equally between reduces enjoyment (34%) and no reduction in enjoyment (34%).

Overall, there is a 65% in favour response for the proposals for a CycloPlay facility (combined initial and supplementary public consultations – CycloPlay) and an 82% in favour response for the ‘Bark Park’ at Carlton Gate (combined initial and supplementary public consultations – ‘Bark Park’ at Carlton Gate).

Read and download the full report here.

Resources available to help boost physical activity levels this autumn and winter.

With the onset of colder weather, getting and staying active this autumn and winter can be bit of a challenge. Therefore, we want to continue to encourage, facilitate and enable everyone to be as active as possible over the autumn and winter months.

Naturally, the balance of keeping our community safe whilst encouraging everyone to get and stay active is of utmost importance to us. However, recent research conducted by Sport England shows that during the first lockdown, nationally 52% of children under the age of 16 were doing less than half an hour of physical activity each weekday and 32% at the weekend*.

Furthermore, currently just 29% of people are doing at least five days of 30 minutes of activity and disabled people and those with long-term health conditions (23%) are less likely to be regularly active than those without*.

To help our community combat inactivity and reap the benefits associated with getting and staying active, we want to encourage you to make use of the following free to access digital resources, giving you access to a host of activities and/or inspiration, suitable for a variety of ages and abilities.

Join the Movement

This Girl Can

We Are Undefeatable

  • Ways to move – inspiration and resources to help people with long term health conditions get and stay active.
  • Getting started – ideas and advice on getting started.

The above, plus additional resources including the ActiveWestminster Activity Finder are featured as part of our COVID-19 support pages.

* Data and statistics are as published by Sport England’s Autumn and Winter Activity Toolkit.

ActiveWestminster Launches Digital Supplementary ‘CycloPlay’ and ‘Bark Park’ Consultation

Following the initial consultations for the proposed ‘CycloPlay’ facility and the Carlton Gate dog area (‘Bark Park’) at Paddington Recreation Ground, ActiveWestminster have launched a 4-week supplementary consultation to further explore and understand comments raised by the initial consultations, which will be used as a tool to gain further insight and representation of public feedback.

The supplementary consultation will run until 12pm on Monday 26 October and is an opportunity for members of the public to gather more detail about the proposals and elaborate on previous commentary and suggestions. Both those who took part previously, as well as new respondents are encouraged to take part to have their say.

The Initial Consultations

The ‘CycloPlay’ and Carlton Gate dog area (Bark Park) public consultations were open for 4 weeks and ran parallel to each other from 9am, Sunday 14 June until midnight, Monday 13 July 2020.

Both consultations were accessible online and were promoted to the public via hard-copy posters containing a digital QR code, social media (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), email and the ActiveWestminster website.

The ‘CycloPlay’ public consultation recorded 177 responses with 98% of all participants self-identifying as users of Paddington Recreation Ground and 82% of responses being from Westminster residents. The consultation identified that the proposed development of ‘CycloPlay’ area at Paddington Recreation ground is favourable with 75% of all responses signalling support for the proposal. Read and download the full report here.

The Carlton Gate dog area public consultation recorded 47 responses with 74% of participants self-identifying as current users of the Carlton Gate dog area. 83% of all responses were in favour of the proposed Carlton Gate dog area development. Read and download the full report here.

If you prefer, download a hard copy of the digital consultation and return the completed questionnaire, addressed to ActiveWestminster, via post or in person to reception at Paddington Recreation Ground.

CycloPlay Consultation Report Highlights positive Feedback from Westminster Residents

Following a successful initial consultation, ActiveWestminster are publishing the report to a consultation held in June 2020, which was held regarding the proposal of a new CyloPlay area at Paddington Recreation Ground.

The consultation, which ran parallel to the Carlton Gate Dog Area consultation, was open for 4 weeks from 14 June – 13 July 2020 and recorded a total of 177 responses.

Upon review, 98% of all responses were from existing users of Paddington Recreation Ground and 82% identified themselves as Westminster residents.

The consultation identified that the proposed development of the CycloPlay area is favourable, with 75% of respondents expressing support for the proposal.

The design of the CycloPlay facility would create a new play, physical activity, leisure, sport and educational attraction for people, particularly children, young people, families and older people to learn and practice cycling. Planners have considered the role the facility would play in improving air quality and have incorporated areas of enhanced biodiversity in the designs to reduce any potential additional noise generated from the facility.

Following feedback from respondents, and to further explore views and comments expressed in responses, a supplementary consultation is due to be held in coming weeks, which will be used as a tool to gain further insight and representation of public feedback.

You can view and download the full report for the initial CycloPlay consultation here.

To find out more about either of the consultation please contact us or follow our social media channels for updates.

Leisure partners, Everyone Active, launch free digital package helping Westminster transition back to the Gym

Everyone Active, our partners and leisure contractor for four years, is helping local residents to transition back to the gym thanks to a new virtual fitness subscription package called Everyone On Demand, which is free to all new and existing members.

Everyone Active operate seven gyms across the borough, including Little Venice Sports Centre, Marshall Street leisure centre and Spa, Paddington Recreation Ground, Porchester Centre, Queen Mother Sports Centre, Seymour Leisure Centre and Moberly Sports Centre.

The package gives all members ultimate flexibility to decide how and when to get or stay active by giving free access to four programmes with a combined 2,500 different workouts to choose from, many of which have been developed with the needs of special user- groups in mind.

Programmes for members with long-term health conditions

  • EXi – NHS-approved, prescribed exercise programmes, tailored and tracked for peace of mind. EXi is the world’s first app to specifically target any combination of 20 long term health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, depression and cancer

Audio coaching programmes

  • WithU – Over 600 immersive workouts, led by world-class personal trainers, via audio coaching and a 3D avatar

Other popular programmes

  • Flex by Fitness On Demand – More than 1000 workouts from a host of fantastic fitness brands including Jillian Michaels, Sleek Technique, SH1FT and Sweat Factor
  • Les Mills on Demand – Over 800 workouts from Les Mills’ market-leading group exercise programmes including BODYPUMP, BODYCOMBAT, CXWORX and GRIT

By giving all its current and new members a year’s free subscription to these four apps, Everyone Active hope to continue to support those who want to combine at-home workouts with in-gym sessions and group exercise classes as they find their feet now lockdown has lifted.

Cllr Paul Swaddle, Westminster City Council Cabinet Member for Community Services and Digital said: “We know that getting and staying active is vital to our residents and our entire community’s physical and mental wellbeing. We were really pleased to be able to welcome people back to our leisure centres and these apps are just the thing to help people get in shape again whatever their ability or level of fitness.”.

Altogether the package is worth £25 per month and has been made free to all current members. For anyone who is not ready to return to the gym, Everyone Active is offering stand-alone Everyone On Demand access for £9.99 a month, which you can find out about here.