Hammersmith to invest in parks

Hammersmith & Fulham Council have agreed to invest £4.5 million in sixteen parks.

There are 62 parks and open spaces in Hammersmith & Fulham, which, the council say, receive more than 7 million visits per year.

H&F Council’s Cabinet have now rubberstamped a refurbishment programme for sixteen of them, which will include building a new pavilion at Brook Green, improving sports facilities at South Park, and the play area at Hammersmith Park.

In 2014-15, improvements will be made to Frank Banfield Park, Hammersmith and Wormholt Park will receive a complete refurbishment at a cost of £1million.

The year after, the astroturf will be resurfaced at Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith and Eel Brook Common, Fulham will see improvements at the north end, towards Effie Road.

Other parks set for a boost over the next three years are Wormwood Scrubs, Hurlingham Park, Normand Park, Rowberry Mead, Gwendwr Road, Marcus Garvey Park, Cathnor Park and Lillie Road Recreation Ground.

Cllr Greg Smith, H&F Council, deputy leader said: “We understand how important beautiful, well maintained parks are for residents and that is why we have committed to spending such a large sum of money.”

£1.5m has been funded through the council’s capital budget with the remaining funds being received through grants and anticipated Section 106 contributions.

In addition to the £4.5million budgeted for the next three years, the £8million restoration of Bishops Park is Fulham is now complete. The £2.6 million improvement project to Shepherds Bush Green will be complete by the end of May.

Hammersmith & Fulham has nine Green Flag Awards -the Keep Britain Tidy scheme which celebrates good practice in park management – Ravenscourt Park, Frank Banfield Park and Margravine Cemetery have been Green Flag winners for the last four years.

Normand Park has had a Green Flag flying for three years while St Peter’s Square in Hammersmith has collected a Green Flag Award for the last two years.

In addition, Hammersmith Park, Hurlingham Park, South Park and Norland North on the Edward Woods Estate all won their maiden Green Flags last summer.

Overall, West London has more Green Flags than the whole of Scotland.

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