Help shape the future of King George’s Park
Published: 15 June 2018
Local people still have time to help shape future management plans for King George’s Park and give their verdicts on a host of proposed improvements.
A consultation is currently underway asking people in the area their views on how the park could be improved in the future, priorities for additional maintenance and how local people can continue to benefit from this large and much loved urban green space.
The consultation asks people to comment on four themes:
Improving and enhancing existing facilities
- The plan proposes restoring and refurbishing ornamental gates and the drinking fountain, improved lighting, and changes to vegetation management. It also proposes restoration of grass playing pitches and extended and enhanced allotment provision.
Access improvements – The plan proposes creation of an easy access trail for buggy and wheelchair users and wheelchair accessible seating in the northern part of the park. It also includes proposals for improvements to an existing ramp, footpath widening and resurfacing and improvements to the Kimber Road crossing.
Environment and biodiversity measures - The plan proposes altered management of some grass areas to encourage wildflower growth, removal of non-native species from woodland areas, dead wood features which recreate habitat for insects and continued work to re-naturalise the lake.
New facilities/features – The plan takes a long-term view on new facilities and features. It proposes looking at the potential for a multi-use building in the northern part of the park alongside a restoration of the rose garden area. It proposes provision of cycle racks at park entrances, an extended play and picnic area in the centre of the park and a green gym and natural play area to the south. It proposes making more of the River Wandle from the park by opening up views currently blocked by vegetation.
These themes were developed following an earlier round of consultation held towards the end of last year.
King George’s Park already boasts sports pitches, a skateboard park and tennis courts, which have recently been fully refurbished with floodlights. It also features ornamental gardens, biodiversity habitats, a lake and riverside walk, play equipment and a trim tail.
Parks and open spaces spokesman Cllr Steffi Sutters said: “King George’s Park is a wonderful green oasis in the heart of Wandsworth town centre and we want to make sure it continues to be a popular and welcoming open space for our residents.
“We want our all our parks, commons and open spaces to be among the best in London, and by making improvements now we can ensure this remains the case for future generations.
“Taking part in this latest round of consultation will help ensure we deliver the range and type of improvements that residents support.”
To take part in the online consultation visit https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/wandsworthecs/king-georges-2 . The deadline for comments is June 22.