Councillors have given the green light for a grandstand finish at the Olympic Legacy Park with a promise: “the best is yet to come”.
Sheffield City Council, working closely with the Rt Hon Richard Caborn, has already spearheaded a new Academy, UTC, artificial 3G floodlit pitch and an impressive community park complete with run route, with Sheffield Eagles now confirmed to be returning to the city after four years.
It has also helped secure a new £14m Advanced Wellness Research Centre for Sheffield Hallam University.
Now, the council’s partners on the project, Legacy Park Limited, will continue to develop a vision for the Park.
They are in discussions with Sheffield Hallam over a key role in developing the site including plans for a Health Innovation Campus (HIC). This will be a collaborative project bringing together in partnership the educational, recreational and research organisations with local residents, community organisations and city council to work together to apply research findings and technology innovations to improve health.
Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet has today endorsed the final stage in the Olympic Legacy Park journey, with significant development having already taken place on the site since 2013.
Today’s endorsement will also see negotiations continue for a sports stadium to be built around the new artificial pitch which will provide an outdoor sports facility for the UTC, Oasis Academy, Sheffield Eagles, Sheffield United Women’s Football and youth teams to play at the OLP, alongside community use.
Negotiations are also at an advanced stage for an indoor sports arena which could provide a permanent venue for the Sheffield Sharks professional basketball team, pupils at the Don Valley Academy and community groups, which would be self-funded in construction costs and on-going running costs.
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “The Olympic Legacy Park is a great asset for everybody in Sheffield, combining education, health, sport and research in an attractive public space.
“We’re delighted to announce the next phase in development that will realise the council’s vision to be a national leader in health, sport and education.
“The Olympic Legacy Park has major potential economic, sporting and health outcomes for the people of Sheffield and the best is yet to come.”
The Rt. Hon Richard Caborn, Chair of the LPL Board, pictured left, added: “The next stage continues to deliver the objective of the Olympic Legacy Park to create an environment that delivers the sports and wellbeing agendas for Sheffield.”