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Café Pavilion Project, Horley Recreation Ground

Horley Town Council is very pleased to announce that the construction of the Café Pavilion and associated external works (including the car park extension) at Horley Recreation Ground are now well underway.  The set-up of the site has been fully carried out by the contractor and the foundations are currently being excavated.

The primary aim is for the Café Pavilion to be accessible to everyone, open throughout the year and supportive of the many popular community activities and events held there.  There will be attractive outdoor seating areas as well as indoor seating inside the Café – it will also house Horley’s first ‘Little Library’, a free book-sharing community initiative and the structure will be beautifully decorated by members of the local Horley Society of Artists club.

The appointed Café Operator, to be announced in due course, will provide a popular and wide-ranging cuisine, catering for many dietary requirements and, of course, there will be ice-creams available to purchase for children playing happily in the playground plus hot and cold beverages for the adults!  Toilets will be available inside the Café too together with disabled access and baby-changing facilities.

The anticipated completion date of the building and external works in early November. This will be followed up by the fitting out of the kitchen area by the appointed Café Operator so the exact timing for the official opening date is likely to be in early 2020.  In the meantime, the programme will be kept under careful review and the Town Council will continue to publish regular updates on progress.  We are assured by our contractors that disruption will be kept to a minimum as much as possible and they have programmed their works so that that planned community events may proceed as normal.  However, continued co-operation from the general public would be very much appreciated during this time by being observant of particular areas which have been cordoned off during each construction phase and of the safety and warning signage in place.  The surveillance cameras in the park have recently been upgraded too and are regularly monitored by the police.

This is a very exciting project for Horley!  It will provide a very worthwhile community facility and bring new vitality to this hugely popular Recreation Park for many frequent park users, including parents and toddlers who use the adjacent children’s playground, for teenagers using the skate park,  dog walkers, passing traffic and new visitors too – everyone welcome!

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