This story started several years ago and in Autumn 2020, we issued an open invitation for expressions of interest. Selecting from a strong group of contenders, StudioWeave and LDA were engaged in December 2020 to advise on and propose a Master Plan for the park.

Combining their extensive experience, our preliminary findings, and your feedback, they produced ‘sketch plans’ incorporating the main elements that have evolved since our preliminary concepts. This includes

  • better play and recreational facilities for all ages
  • the popularity of the pop up has made a strong case for a permanent café
  • lockdowns and concern for wellbeing have highlighted the need for more community activities, socialising and outdoor learning – the aim of the ‘Hub’
  • limited space and recreational demands necessitate the relocation of our current storage and workshop
  • increased use has led to a re-think about the zoning of the whole park: early years’ play brought closer to the facilities, more adventure play, and following an extremely successful Skate Day – facilities for skateboarders of varying expertise.
  • Landscaping, biodiversity and conservation remain at the heart of the proposals. This includes retaining community growing, naturalising the Beverley Brook, as well as addressing flood and climate resilience for today and into the future.

Now is your chance to tell us if you like our ideas, or to add comments on how we can improve them  or explain to us if you think something is not right – your views will be made known to and the decisions will be taken by the owners of the site, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Should they approve the Master Plan in principle,  we will proceed to detailed design, funding and planning (through the normal channels which will include formal public consultation).

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