Okehampton Pavilion in the Park to open this weekend


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A new charity led recreational project for all opens in Okehampton on Saturday


- Credit: Archant


Sports and Arts charity, Okehampton Community and Recreation Association -OCRA - officially opens its latest project, the spectacular Pavilion in the Park on 8 February at 11.45.

Set in the stunning location of the Ockment Valley and Simmons Park the new building offers a wide range of functions including sports, arts, dance, music, training, fitness, drama, special needs activities, walkers centre, events, conferences, dining and celebrations. It will also act as the home for OCRA which delivers and helps develop activity, creative, community, education and health initiatives across West Devon.


Devon Games to Inspire

Devon Games to Inspire - Credit: Archant

Everyone is welcome to join the celebration that will be opened by Matt Woodley of BBC Radio Devon. Over the course of the day people can participate and watch a range of sports, view a superb art exhibition, take in the views whilst enjoying lovely food and drink and also a chance to watch the 6 Nations Rugby on the big screen.

Also to be re-opened on the site on the day is the refurbished squash and racketball club that will offer a chance for children and adults of all ages to play and also receive coaching from 11.50. We are also fortunate to have organised by England Squash a top level exhibition match at 10.45.

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The OCRA and local clubs facility vision of Okehampton Sports and Activity Hub launched eight years ago has responded to local need and previously delivered a new multisport all weather pitch for hockey, football, netball and rugby pitch plus greatly improved facilities for many other sports. The whole project was kick started with £600,000 funding from Devon County Council’s Invest in Devon project six years ago. The site offers access to over 35 different sports and is why in 2012 ,OCRA was selected to host the Devon Games to Inspire, which attracted over 2,500 people. The site plays host to an array of local clubs and fitness sessions as well as a number of Devon and regional development squads.


The Pavilion in the Park project draws the superb site together and will cost £720,000 when fully completed. It comprises of 2 unique social spaces, spectacular balcony areas, sports changing rooms, meeting and office space .


It also offers dining, catering, snacks and a fully licensed bar.

The Pavilion is available for hire for a range of social gatherings.


If you would like to use the Pavilion in the Park. access the wide range of activities or find out more call OCRA on 01837 54546 , look on its website www.pavilioninthepark.co.uk or make enquiries at admin@ocrasport.org.uk