The Landscape Guide

16.30 Club parks

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Minority leisure pursuits are a major growth area in outdoor recreation. Inspection of the magazines in your local newsagent will give some idea of the range. There are, for example, specialized clubs for radio-controlled models: powered aircraft, gliders, military vehicles, sailing boats, speed boats, racing cars, hovercraft and others. All of them can become spectator sports and may benefit from some special accommodation. My local "park' has municipally provided accommodation for footballers but nothing for any other group. The fact that it is one of the two major kite-flying centres in Britain has escaped municipal recognition. Like yachtsmen and golfers, kite-fliers would like a clubhouse, a noticeboard and a shop.Bowlers, because they have a club are well catered for.

Kite flying