Following the complete refurbishment and opening of the new gym and exercise studio last year, Julie Rose Stadium will soon have a brand new athletics track with the announcement that Ashford Borough Council is to invest £300,000 on a completely new running surface.

Freedom Leisure and Ashford Borough Council are working on plans to re-surface the outdoor athletics track at the iconic stadium that was built in 1997 with works due to begin at the end of February/early March and completion expected this summer.

This is further evidence of the great partnership working between the council and the not-for-profit leisure trust to improve the health, wellbeing and sporting facilities for the people of Ashford and the surrounding area.

Cllr Matthew Forest, portfolio holder for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The Council are investing heavily in improving the facilities on offer across the borough. We want our residents to be able to use bigger and better facilities, which is why we have invested significantly in leisure provision across the borough, not only here but at the Stour Leisure Centre, Spearpoint, Waterside and Pitchside as well as in Tenterden.

The stadium is still regarded as one of the finest athletics facilities in the south-east and with the upcoming improvements this will make it one of the best in the country. The stadium is home to Ashford Athletic Club that use the track for regular training and events and competitions throughout the year.

By Ed

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