Love Parks: Last few days to comment on Garratt Park’s playground improvement plans

Published: Monday 3rd September 18

People living in Earlsfield have only a few days left to comment on plans to improve the sports and play facilities at their local neighbourhood park.

The council and its parks contractor Enable Leisure and Culture are seeking the views of local people about Garratt Park - what they like about it and what could be changed or improved.

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.

There are plans to improve this playground

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 residents will find the time in the next couple of days to take part in our consultation and help shape future plans for this important and valuable green space.”

The consultation has been open since the middle of July but the deadline for comments to be submitted ends this Thursday (September 6). To take part in the consultation people should visit

A bird's eye view of Garratt Park

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 Wandsworth’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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Recent comments

Such a shame that the NHS have claimed back their land which housed the Central London Golf Centre - in Burntwood Lane off Garratt Lane. A 9 hole golf club with a range and putting green. Such a good local facility - a jewel in the middle of Earlsfield - within 10 minutes from home - cutting all the driving out getting to Surrey Golf Clubs.

3 September 2018

we love the park and used it so much as the girls were toddlers. Now they are a little bigger they use the nets to practice their netball skills. Love the table tennis table and we could do with another one of those - tennis courts would fill us with delight ! Just one .......please !! we also loved the 1 - 0 - clock club not sure if that is still open? hope so as it was our play camp in the winter. Not sure how much the cycle track is used? Tennis could go there :)
tina henderson

3 September 2018