A scheme which is set to transform Shoreditch Park in the London Borough of Hackney has been launched this spring, the Hackney Gazette reports. Although planning approval for the £2m makeover was granted in 2021, the work was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The redevelopment is set to be complete by Winter 2022.
Shoreditch Park is one of the largest in the borough, at 7.1 hectares, and is a popular recreation area. The improvement plans were drawn up in consultation with almost 2,000 local people. They include a new outdoor gym, new playground areas, a beach volleyball court, a wildflower area, and improved accessibility.
The park was created between 1964 and 1973, when post-war prefab housing was removed from the site. Prior to that, rows of terraced houses occupied the area, but these were irreparably bombed during the Second World War. The park currently has space for public art and an amphitheatre, as well as several sports and play facilities.
Cllr Caroline Woodley, portfolio holder for families, early years, parks and play, said: “Shoreditch Park is at the heart of the community in Hoxton and Shoreditch and, in conjunction with the new Britannia Leisure Centre.”
She added: “Residents will be able to access world-class park and leisure facilities – helping to improve physical and mental wellbeing, and make this area of inner London more beautiful. I can’t wait for this work to be completed, and to see people continue to enjoy this amazing park for generations to come.”
The park currently holds a Green Flag award, which is considered the benchmark for well managed parks and recreational outdoor spaces throughout the UK, and around the world. Last year, the new £384m Britannia Leisure Centre was opened at the park. There is also a cycle hire and docking station facility.
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