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Wimbledon Expansion Plan Includes More Public Parkland

Posted : 10 May 2024

The expansion plans for the annual Wimbledon tennis championships now include a greater provision for public parkland, officials announced on Thursday. The proposal, initially met with opposition from local councillors in November, suggested adding 39 new courts to Wimbledon Park, adjacent to the All England Club in south-west London. Despite Merton Council's approval, Wandsworth councillors rejected the proposal, which has since been referred to the Mayor of London's office.


In response to concerns and in an effort to win over residents, the All England Club has emphasized the addition of public parkland, increasing the total area to 27 acres, with an additional four acres allotted to the northern part of the site.


All England Club chair Debbie Jevans expressed her delight, highlighting the collaborative effort with local stakeholders and the Greater London Authority to provide more green space accessible to Londoners after more than a century of limited public access.


The expansion project, which includes plans for an 8,000-capacity show court on former Wimbledon golf course land, aims to host the qualifying competition on-site, aligning with the standards of other Grand Slam tournaments.


However, administrative delays have pushed back the initial target completion date of 2030. Despite the setback, Wimbledon officials remain hopeful for progress, anticipating a public hearing on the applications in the coming months.


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