Hyde Park Olympic Legacy (HPOL) was formed in the Summer of 2012 following a public meeting at the Cardigan Centre in Hyde Park, Leeds. The name reflects the widespread clamour for improved sports facilities in the area immediately after the end of the London Olympics.
The purpose of HPOL is to obtain for public use the sports facilities on the Leeds Girls High School site formerly known as Dawson’s Field, situated between Victoria Road and Chestnut Avenue.
The facilities used to be accessed by different groups in the surrounding densely populated inner-city community which now has no community accessible sports facilities and where life-expectancy is the lowest in Leeds.
The five schools in the area need an extra 40,846 sq metres to comply with the area required by the School Premises Regulations. Brudenell, Quarry Mount and Rosebank have no green space.
HPOL is campaigning for the sports hall and playing pitch to be restored to use and run by the community.