London,
24
July
2017
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10:54
Europe/London

Springfield Park awarded National Lottery support

Hackney Council has received £3.3million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of Springfield Park.

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project will restore the landscape and historic buildings within Springfield Park, drawing on its rich history and heritage.

Before applying for funding, the Council asked park users for their thoughts on what improvements they would like to see and developed its plans in partnership with Springfield Park User Group. The project includes refurbishing the park's buildings which date back to the mid-19th century, upgrading the footpaths, play equipment and gates, as well as working to preserve and enhance the park's magnificent landscape.

One of the key elements of the new design at Springfield Park is to restore the stable block and replace the derelict glass houses with a new community space. The stable block will host small local businesses and the community space will host birthday parties, events and weddings. Any income from these buildings will then be reinvested back into improving the park.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
We’re delighted that we’ve received this support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. We have carefully considered the ways that we can generate income to pay for the maintenance of the park, whilst protecting the character and integrity of this much loved space for the next generation. The facilities will be a huge asset not only for this wonderful park but also the local area and it’s great to know that we are a step closer to preserving it for another century.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks

HLF’s Chief Executive Ros Kerslake said, on behalf of HLF and Big Lottery Fund: “It’s difficult to overstate the importance of our public parks. Vital to our well-being and essential to biodiversity, they are highly valued spaces enjoyed daily by people from all walks of life. Springfield Park is one of the latest parks to benefit from over £900million of National Lottery funding, which over the last twenty years has played a crucial role in revitalising more than 800 parks across the UK.”