Hundreds of families and pupils will benefit from a £95,000 scheme to restore a recreation ground in Bradford to its former glory.

A partnership, led by Bradford Council, has been working on plans to create sports pitches and an outdoor community area on Spencer Road playing field.

It will be available for use by the local community and nearby schools, including Horton Grange Primary and Farnham Primary.

The authority said the development will provide a much-needed green space for the area. Work is set to start in spring and be completed by the summer.

Councillor Arshad Hussain, chairman of the Bradford West Area Committee, said: “The Spencer Road open space development is great news for the community. It will encourage sport and recreation in the area by developing soccer and cricket pitches, fencing and gates, seating, trees and a new footpath.”

The land in question is near the two primary schools, the Khidmat Community Centre and Farnham Road Children’s Centre.

Councillor Ralph Berry, executive member for children’s services, said: “I am really pleased that Spencer Field is being brought back to its former glory for community use. The new fields will provide space for recreation and sport and contribute to improved health and well-being in the area. Hundreds of families and pupils will benefit from the new open space and I am looking forward to seeing it completed.”

The money for the project came after the Council successfully bid for £60,000 from WREN, a not-for-profit business which awards grants for community, conservation and heritage projects.

The additional £35,000 was provided by the Council.

The partnership group behind the scheme includes ward councillors, schools, the Bradford West Area Co-ordinators Office, the council’s landscape, design and conservation team, police, a local residents’ group, and Bradford Council for Mosques.