Six parks and recreation grounds will be saved for future generations after a legal covenant was placed on each.

Bradmore Recreation Ground, St Christopher's Community Park, East Park, Wednesfield Park, Heath Town Park and Claregate Playing Fields have each been awarded a deed of dedication as part of a national campaign to create a permanent legacy of both the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 London Olympics.

The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, operated by Fields in Trust, sought to protect and safeguard recreational areas through legal means, ensuring they remain in recreational use forever.

And to celebrate their protection for future generations, each location is hosting a special event at which a commemorative plaque recognising the site as a Queen Elizabeth II Field will be unveiled.

Bradmore Recreation Ground will be marking the occasion on Saturday 1 June, 2013, with an Olympic-themed fun day that kicks off with sport taster sessions from 10am. In the afternoon there will be a range of sporting tournaments before medals are presented to the competitors in an Olympic-style ceremony.

On Sunday 2 June, 2013, it's the turn of St Christopher's Community Park in Low Hill, which will be marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation with a Big Lunch and other activities for all the family. The festivities will get under way during the morning with the Big Lunch following at around 12.15pm.

Attention switches to Wednesfield Park on Thursday 6 June, 2013, which will be hosting a bowling tournament featuring pupils from four local schools from 12.45pm until 3pm.

Heath Town Park's deed of dedication will be unveiled on Saturday 8 June, 2013, with a family fun day featuring a children's fun fair, youth football tournament and athletics. The event kicks off at 1.45pm.

Claregate Playing Fields celebrates its protection with a fun day on Sunday 9 June, 2013, from 10.30am to 1pm featuring cricket and tennis activities.

Finally, East Park will be holding an event this summer when the bandstand, which is being restored as part of a £1.5 million transformation of the Victorian park, will also be officially unveiled to the public for the first time.

Each site will be formally opened by representatives from Wolverhampton City Council, and Councillor Elias Mattu, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Communities, said: "I am delighted that Bradmore Recreation Ground, St Christopher's Community Park, East Park, Wednesfield Park, Heath Town Park and Claregate Playing Fields have been legally protected for future generations to enjoy.

"They are all very popular parks and recreation grounds - and it is important that places such as these are safeguarded now because, once they are gone, they cannot be brought back."

He added: "One of the key legacies of the Olympic Games is to increase the number of people taking part in sport, and by protecting these parks and recreation grounds we are ensuring that the people of Wolverhampton will have plenty of places where they can enjoy both sport and exercise."

  • released: Tuesday 28 May, 2013