Codnor folk got their first glimpse at the village’s new Goose Lane sports pavilion, at a sneak peak event on Sunday.
This time last year it looked as if the £400,0000 facility would never get built after the trust set up to oversee the build missed out on a county council funding pot.
But on Sunday villagers were invited to look round and enjoy a barbecue at the nearly finished article - set to provide a new home for Codnor Cricket Club and Codnor Boys FC.
Trustee Chris Emmas-Williams said: “It’s been a long haul but we got there - this is something the village can be really proud of.”
The facility is set to open fully in September and will contain a 120 capacity community room available for public hire, as well as a smaller meeting room. The bowling green there has also been restored and interest is being sought in starting a new bowls club there.
Mr Emma-Williams said the trust plans to put on monthly events such as quiz and race nights at the pavilion and is keen for it to be used as much as possible.
He said: Now we’ve got the facilities we can do that - there’s no way we could have before with no toilets!”
Since Codnor Miners’ Welfare was burned down by arsonists in 2008, the village’s sports clubs have been forced to change in portable changing rooms.
Mr Emmas-Williams said a new security fence and four new houses being built nearby will help to prevent a repeat of vandal attacks