More than 1,200 residents poured in to the new Cheney Row Park, Higham Hill, Walthamstow, on Saturday 18 May 2019 to celebrate it opening for the first time with a Family Fun Day.
The new park, on what was formerly an unloved open space which attracted dog fouling, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour has seen £1.2 million invested in it and was paid from contributions made by nearby developments.
The design of the new park includes something for residents of all ages, including:
- The planting of 468 new trees, including semi-mature ones
- A wildflower meadow
- A nature-themed play-area for children
- A special area for teenagers to use, including outdoor table tennis
- A raised viewing platform offering views towards the Walthamstow Wetlands and reservoirs
- Improvements to the existing BMX track, with further work being done later this year
- An outdoor performance area for events, with tiered seats built into the mound surrounding the stage
- A hard area which can be used for food and drink facilities during events
- Improved entrances, incorporating a bug hotel, and new signs
- Enhanced natural areas for plants and wildlife.
- Open spaces for informal use
- CCTV cameras to deter anti-social behaviour
Performing the official opening Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest Council and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Clyde Loakes, said: “This new park is a great facility for people of Higham Hill and the whole borough. I'm delighted with what has been achieved here – the quality and variety of the play equipment is outstanding, there’s outdoor table tennis and climbing walls for teenagers and the whole family can enjoy the wildlife areas too.
“This park is also good for our climate and air quality as the planting of 468 new trees is the largest single planting scheme the Council has done in any of our parks and all are species which will attract native wildlife to make this park their home. It’s part of our commitment to creating clean, green and safe neighbourhoods that everyone can enjoy.
“Now the park is open we need the local community to help look after it. We’re delighted that some local residents have already come forward to form the Friends of Cheney Row Park and more residents are welcome to join that group. We are also hoping that residents living near the park will keep an eye on it and if they see something out of place will dial 999.”
More information is available at www.walthamforest.gov.uk/CheneyRowPark