Work began this week to rejuvenate a section of land at King George’s Playing Fields in Hanwell, thanks to a £95,000 investment from the council.
The improvements aim to encourage greater community use of the area, known as Poor’s Piece, while also clearing out crime and anti-social behaviour.
Work will include the installation of an outdoor gym, table tennis table and a round paved area with seating. A pathway stretching from Lower Boston Road to the path at the St Mark’s Road entrance will be resurfaced, and flowers and colourful shrubs will be planted throughout the park. Low boundary plants will replace the broken knee rail around the site, while the existing large trees will remain in place. The existing steel fence separating the open grass area and Poor’s Piece will be removed and relocated around the site’s boundaries.
The area has now been fenced off to the public, with works expected to be completed before spring 2013.
A number of other improvements will also be carried out at the King George’s Playing Fields in the new year.
The children’s play area at the opposite end of the park will receive a new toddler slide and sand digger, along with springy seesaws. The damaged mounds will be repaired and the out-of-use water pump will be removed. Play equipment for older children will be installed in other sections of the park, along with more trees planted, including two fruit trees.
This additional work is set to take place in late January and early February 2013. Sections of the playground will be fenced off as work takes place, but the whole play area will not be closed at any one time.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and the environment, said: “Local people are really at the heart of this project, and I thank residents, businesses, community and school groups who all helped to shape the plans. This is the latest in a number of park and children’s play area improvements, and will be a welcome boost to the area.
“By making it a cleaner and safer place to visit, I hope even more people will be encouraged to use this fantastic space, especially children and young people.”
The site has been shortlisted by the council as a potential Green Flag site for 2013 and intends to submit it for a Green Flag Award next year. The Green Flag Award® scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.