THE DEVELOPMENT of Garon Park has continued with the cricket ground the latest facility to receive an impressive makeover.
Supported by The Essex and Southend Sports Trust (EASST), the seaside venue has recently undergone extensive work on the scoreboard while new tracked sightscreens and covers have been installed by the Stuart Canvas Group, a British-based manufacturer of Sports Ground Equipment.
Speaking to Yellow Sport about the latest addition to the ground, EASST trustee, Peter Butler, enthused. “The trustees of Essex and Southend Sports Trust are delighted with the strategic developments at Garon Park across several sporting activities over the last year and have been pleased to contribute to the cost of upgrading the cricket sight screens and covers and revamping the scoreboard.
“Garon Park Is now an established host ground for international cricket and regularly hosts ICC national Teams such as Holland and Denmark.
“The ground will be ready to resume live cricket as soon as it is allowed.”
Old Southendian & Southchurch have played their Shepherd Neame Essex League matches at Garon Park sine 2016, while festival cricket saw Essex and The Unicorns used the ground – the former still regularly staging Second XI, Development, Women’s and Youth fixtures there. And with The Netherlands national side also annual visitors, it’s fair to say a lot of cricket is played at the ground.
Cricket Operations Director at Essex, Dan Fiest, explained: “Garon Park has developed into an iconic community hub, providing a great experience for cricketers of all levels. That will continue to support the not only the ECB Inspiring generations plan but also continue to play a pivotal role in the development of players and the game in Essex.”
Last year a spectator stand was added to the adjacent Athletics Track, while a brand new all-weather floodlight football facility was opened in December which has already staged a professional fixture when Southend United’s Central League fixture under 23 fixture with Bristol Rovers took place at the ground in March.
And with a wellness trail installed around the outer area of the cricket bowl, accompanying the recently establish Wellbeing Centre, Garon Park has rapidly become a multi-sport wellbeing centre offering a range of activities for the residents of Southend and beyond.