Bouled over by Firth Park

David Sheard with the new boules pitch in Firth Park. (d12011206)
David Sheard with the new boules pitch in Firth Park. (d12011206)

THE first boules court in Kirklees has been installed in a Heckmondwike park.

A scheme to improve the use of Firth Park is under way and a court for playing the French bowling game has been installed, as well as a cricket pitch.

Coun David Sheard (Heck, Lab) has taken the park under his wing and is hoping the work, which also includes a brand new pavilion, will encourage more people to visit the park.

He said: “The park is nearly finished so we are hoping we will have a lot of people down there in summer, and a lot of activities going on.

“Boules is something I have seen abroad and I thought it would be a good idea to have something different.

“Rather than just having two tennis courts we put in the cricket pitch so the kids can play both sports.

“The pavilion is nearly finished and we are hoping to get somebody to come in and open a coffee bar.

“We have been planning it for quite a while. They have been working on it all through the summer.”

Part of the park was sold for about £300,000 to make way for the new health centre which was opened in 2010.

Because the park was owned by a trust, any proceeds had to be put back into it.

But Coun Sheard said money for the improvements had come from Kirklees Council so the proceeds from the land sale were still available to spend.

He said: “We are hoping to get more money from other sources because we are still looking at more and more things for the park.

“We are hoping it will be extremely well used this summer.”