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Reading Half Marathon

Get ready for the Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon

  • Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon returns on Sunday 7 November 2021
  • Residents and visitors are being asked to plan ahead and allow extra time for any journeys
South Gym example

Work starts next week on major improvements at South Reading Leisure Centre

  • Improvements at South Reading Leisure Centre include refurbishment of the gym and changing rooms
  • The work is expected to take 3 months
View of Palmer Park

Construction of new community pool at Palmer Park Begins

  • Physical work on the modern new 25 metre, 6-lane pool at Palmer Park to begin as part of Phase 2
  • The new car park area is complete
SkyTykes low ropes example

Approval for Prospect Park Transformation

  • Plans for new play hub and activity centre at Prospect Park approved
  • Work will start on construction during winter 2021
Rivermead - new leisure centre aerial view

Work begins at Rivermead this week

  • Work begins on the new leisure centre and swimming pool at Rivermead this week
  • The development will include a 25m 8-lane competition pool and diving pool
  • Facilities open by spring 2023
festival crowd

Reading Festival Returns

  • Reading Festival returns next week after an absence of a year
  • More than 100,000 revellers expected over the three festival days
  • Local residents reminded to plan ahead as shops, public transport and roads will be busier
View of Palmer Park

Construction begins at Palmer Park next week

  • Construction begins on the new community pool at Palmer Park on 2nd August
  • Phase 1 construction will start in the car park area
New Leisure Partners

Reading’s New Leisure Partner Operating Leisure Centres from Today

  • GLL will now operate all of Reading’s three leisure centres on the Council’s behalf
  • Membership and customer schemes will allow access to every single Council sports facility across the borough
  • An important next step in the Council’s commitment to delivering modern new leisure facilities for Reading
Rivermead entrance view

Council Moves to Secure Future of Major Leisure Project with Additional Investment

  • Overall investment is set to be £38.451 million 
  • Council remains fully committed to delivering the new leisure facilities
Jason in the Council's park cleasing team

Council Launches ‘Love Your Park’ Anti-litter Campaign

  • 'Love your Park' aims to encourage people to put litter in the bin or take it home – and will promote three quick ways to report full bins for emptying.
  • The increase in litter in Reading's parks last year compared to the year before was roughly equivalent to 75 bull elephants or 250 cars!
Palmer Park

Archaeological Survey at Palmer Park

  • The survey  is part of the pre-work needed for Reading’s leisure planning application
  • Six exploratory trenches will appear from Monday 15th March