Newly refurbished Stonebridge Gardens is officially opened
“I like everything about this park” said 10-year-old Jack Colvin, from Stoke Newington, as Stonebridge Gardens, next to Haggerston Station, reopened following significant refurbishment work since last winter.
Councillor Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, officially reopened the park with a ribbon cutting ceremony on 26 July.
The work included the removal of an old tarmac pitch which dominated the park, and the creation of a brand new entrance. The new facilities include games areas for football, basketball and slack lining, and three table tennis tables. New seating areas have been created in the park, providing the perfect spot to relax and take in the new colourful planting and watch a game of ping pong.
Hackney’s parks are one of the many reasons that make the borough such a brilliant place to live. The work at Stonebridge Gardens has brought this park back to life. It’s great to see local residents playing games, exercising and enjoying the outdoors.
The park, known for its large mosaic snake sculpture which remains in place, is a popular spot for children to play, and was given glowing reviews at the official opening. Jack's brother Jim, 11-years-old, said: “I like the playground, it’s really fun, there is lots to do.”
Annabel Stevens, from Haggerston, said: “It is more picturesque and a lot more pleasant, the tarmac used to make it a bit gritty and horrible, it’s great now.”
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