Work begins on £2m project to improve Shoreditch Park
Work has begun on the £2m project to improve Shoreditch Park, with new play and sports facilities, a new wildflower area, and greater accessibility, biodiversity and sustainability.
Building on the outcomes of consultation and engagement where 1,900 people told the Council what they would like to see, the Mayor, Philip Glanville; Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Parks and Green Spaces; and local ward councillor Kam Adams met with the contractors to mark the moment that works get underway.
The improvements include a refurbished children’s play area; new outdoor gym; multi-use games area; beach volleyball court; and refurbishing of the sports pitch with improved drainage and reseeding. The sports pitch will be accessible from September but unavailable for use for bookings until May 2023 to ensure the grass has time to establish.
The plans to refurbish the park’s playground, include new equipment, sand play pieces, basket and accessible swings (with rigid backs), slides (including a wide slide for two people), more trees, an inclusive roundabout (flush with the ground with space for wheelchair users), shade and seating areas.
The final phase will take place between July and October 2022, with new planting, pathways, benches and a play trail in Dorothy Thurtle Gardens. Relaxed grass mowing and wildlife-friendly hedges, log piles, and a wildflower meadow will all help to enhance the park's biodiversity.
It is very exciting to see the contractors on site and works finally underway.
We are really grateful to local residents for letting us know what they wanted to see in Shoreditch Park - we know these new improved and inclusive facilities will bring a great deal of enjoyment.
Alongside the new Britannia, investment continues into Shoreditch Park, bringing excellent park, play and leisure facilities to the doorsteps of residents in Hoxton and Shoreditch.