A GENEROUS business is being sought to help complete the transformation of the bowling pavilion in Greenhead Park.
Work on the shell of the new pavilion is well under way – and Kirklees Council has stumped up £58,000 towards the cost.
But a further £5,000 is needed to complete the internal works, including installing the wood flooring, painting the wall and ceiling and installing space heaters, kitchen wall units, storage cupboards, and electrical works.
Ron Berry, the architect who designed the pavilion, said it was hoped to find a business to donate the outstanding amount.
And Mr Berry, who is also a member of the Friends of Greenhead Park, said the pavilion could be named after the sponsor and bear a plaque recognising their contribution.
Money was also needed to buy fold away tables and chairs, which can be used by the bowlers and stored away when the space is required for other uses.
Mr Berry said: “The shell of the building will be completed towards the end of July. Kirklees Council agreed to provide the monies to construct the shell of the pavilion and the Friends of Greenhead Park secured additional monies from the Kirklees Energy Unit to pay for the insulation and dry lining of the pavilion and also the grant for the green roof system, totalling £3,000.”
He said: “The new pavilion is a modern design and replaces the original timber bowling pavilion which was built in the 1920s and was well beyond repair and no longer suitable for purpose.
“The new pavilion is designed to provide a flexible open space for multi-purpose use to provide a long term sustainable facility for the Greenhead Park Bowling Club, serve as a base for junior tennis coaching on the adjacent courts – as well as other sports events on the fields behind the pavilion – and provide a dedicated space for use by the Friends of Greenhead Park to promote the heritage of the park with displays, exhibitions and events.
“It will provide an essential facility which can be used and shared by the wider community for numerous other purposes.”
Mr Berry said: “The pavilion is the final piece of the jigsaw in the major lottery-funded refurbishment of Greenhead Park, which has breathed new life and energy into the park.
“Bowling is an integral part of the life of the park, constituting an essential part of its history, culture and identity. It preserves a level of activity and involvement when other areas of the park are quiet.
“It would be good if – when the new pavilion is handed over for use at the end of July – it is fully complete to meet the needs of its users rather than having to wait to finish the work in later years when and if monies become available.”
Companies interested in sponsoring the pavilion can contact Mr Berry on 01484 537836 or 07805 551418.