Sowerby Bridge park to gain Centenary Park status

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Crow Wood Park in Sowerby Bridge has been given the prestigious Centenary Field status after being backed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet.

From August 4 the park will be renamed Crow Wood Centenary Park to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and will be protected in honour of the people of Sowerby Bridge who lost their lives during the conflict.

The change of status follows a nation campaign by the charities Fields in Trust and The Royal British Legion to dedicate green spaces as Centenary Fields to create a lasting physical legacy in communities across the country.

Calderdale Council has put Crow Wood Park forward for the title because of its impressive First World War memorial entrance and location in the centre of Calderdale.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “The grand gates to Crow Wood Park are already an impressive memorial to the First World War, and the Centenary Field status would really add to this.

“The centenary is such a significant milestone, which our communities are keen to mark, and the scheme gives us a fantastic chance to preserve the land and facilities for leisure and commemoration – a legacy that will be valued by local people for generations to come.”