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More money for parks

Waltham Forest is one of the greenest boroughs in London, with some wonderful parks and open spaces and play equipment ranging from pirate ships to pterodactyls!

The ongoing commitment to improve parks, open spaces and play areas in the borough was underlined by the Council recently when a further £1million was agreed to be spent over the coming year.

In 2013-14 the Council spent £1.9m on the refurbishment of 23 of the 42 play areas they manage. Improvements to open spaces were also made including outdoor cricket nets at Low Hall Sports Ground, landscape works at Coronation Gardens and the refurbishment of the Marlowe Road play area in Wood Street.

“We’ve had some fantastic feedback from local people about the work we have carried out over the last year or two up and down the borough to improve parks, playgrounds  and open spaces,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.

“We want to build on that success and continue our ongoing drive to create better leisure opportunities for our residents wherever they live in the borough.”

The £1million will be spent during 2015 to improve 12 play areas and six open spaces. The sites were selected as those most in need of renewal and modernised play equipment, or areas that could be made into even better places for leisure. 

The works will include the refurbishment of a skate park in Leytonstone, the installation of a new artificial play surface in Highams Park, and the refurbishment of an outdoor gym in Chingford.

Public engagement sessions to explain the scope of the proposed works will be carried out early in the New Year, with the installation planned for the period between Spring and Autumn.

Cllr Loakes said, “Just as with the previous round of improvements, we appreciate how important it is to engage with local people to shape the designs of each park. By involving local user groups we recognise we’re able to instil a sense of ownership in the local community so that the areas are cared for and appreciated by all.”

Notes to Editors:

The parks and open spaces earmarked for improvement are:

  • Abbotts Park

  • Cann Hall Skate Park

  • Coppermill Park

  • Dames Road Play Area

  • Henry Reynolds Gardens

  • Highams Park

  • Hollow Ponds

  • Jubilee Sports Ground

  • Langthorne Park

  • Leyton Sports Ground

  • Memorial Park

  • Pimp Hall Park

  • Priory Court Housing Estate Play Area

  • Ridgeway Park

  • Sansom and Acacia Estate

  • Queens Road Play Area

  • Stoneydown Park

  • Vestry Road Play Area.

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