Love Parks: Playground improvements could be in the pipeline at Garratt Park

Published: Wednesday 18th July 18

Families and young people living in Earlsfield are being asked to help shape a range of sports and leisure improvements at a popular local neighbourhood green space.

The council and its parks contractor Enable Leisure and Culture are gauging opinion on what local people like about Garratt Park and what they would like to see changed or improved.

The existing playground at Garratt Park

The results of this feedback will help shape future investment plans for this small pocket park and could see upgrades to its existing playground and ball games area.

Garratt Park currently offers play equipment for toddlers and older children, plus a table tennis table, bicycle circuit and hardstanding ball games area.

Money has already been set aside to carry out some works to improve the space but now fresh consideration is being given to further improvements that meet the needs and wishes of local people.

Parks and open spaces spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “Garratt Park is a lovely green oasis in this part of Earlsfield and is very popular with local families.

“It already has some good facilities but we think they could be improved yet further which is why we are asking local people what they think.

“We hope local residents will take part in our consultation and help shape future plans for this important and valuable green space.”

The survey can be accessed online at https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/garratt-park-18  but anyone who would prefer to fill in a paper copy instead can request one by emailing consult@wandsworth.gov.uk. The deadline for comments is Thursday, September 6.

Garratt Park

Residents who want to ask questions face-to-face can attend two drop in sessions being held near the playground next month. These are being held on Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11, between 10am and 4pm on both days.

Funding for further improvements at Garratt Park could come from the Wandsworth Local Fund (WLF), which comprises money the council has levied on developers to help pay for community and neighbourhood infrastructure improvements across the borough.

Over the past three years more than £7.2m in WLF money has been spent on local initiatives including schemes to support safer communities, employment opportunities for young people, better pavements and improved parks and playgrounds.

Recent schemes funded this way include Christmas lights in town centres, new LED street lights, a major road and pavement resurfacing programme, repainting and pigeon-proofing Earlsfield railway bridge, refurbishing Putney Vale Cemetery and the Quest project providing intensive support to get young people into work.

Several public realm improvements will be carried out to smarten shopping areas like Putney High Street, Bedford Hill and Bellevue Road.

And several playgrounds have either already been, or are being, revamped, including Upper Tooting Park, Godley Gardens, Swaby Gardens and Leaders Gardens and playgrounds in King George’s Park, Wandsworth Common and Battersea Park.

The consultation coincides with the launch of the council’s “Love Parks” campaign which is championing the borough’s green spaces to encourage more people to visit and enjoy them.

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