New and improved children’s playground for West Ham Park
West Ham Park, in Newham, is set for a new playground after plans were approved by managers the City of London Corporation.
It is investing £773,000 in funding, with works due to start this summer. West Ham Park, which is a registered charity, will work with the community to make the playground enhancement a good as possible.
The playground will include new play equipment, a picnic zone and an area for children, parents and carers to meet.
As one of the largest green spaces in Newham, and with over 450,000 visits a year, West Ham Park provides a vital green space for local people.
It has been necessary to remove over a third of the old equipment and picnic benches from the playground because they were beyond repair.
A charity donations page has been launched for anyone who wishes to contribute to the refurbishments, or to make even further improvements including additional play equipment. https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/green-spaces/west-ham-park/donate-to-us
Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s West Ham Park Committee, Oliver Sells QC, said:
“We are very excited to start work on transforming the playground. It will make a huge difference and benefit so many families in East London.
“The new site will become a popular and much needed resource for local children and enable them to have fun, explore and be active in the outdoors.
“West Ham Park is a charity. We will make all the improvements we can with our available funding but we welcome donations to get even more new play equipment installed, any support would be hugely appreciated.”
West Ham Park is the largest park in Newham and has been owned and maintained by the City of London Corporation since 1874. It is a grade II listed landscape and provides a pleasant and relaxing environment.
The City Corporation owns and manages 11,000 acres of green space in London and south east England – including Hampstead Heath, Epping Forest and Burnham Beeches - and over 200 smaller ones in the Square Mile
With the current COVID-19 government restrictions, Londoners are still allowed to exercise once per day in their local area – either alone, with one other person or their household or support bubble. Social distancing should be maintained when around other people. Further information is available here.
Kristina Drake| Media Officer, Public Services
City of London Corporation
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