Regeneration: Cheney Row Park, Higham Hill

Cheney Row Park Family Fun Day 2019

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What is planned?

The design of the new park includes something for residents of all ages, including:

  • A nature-themed play-area for children
  • A special area for teenagers to use
  • A raised viewing platform offering views over the Walthamstow Wetlands and reservoirs
  • Improvements to the existing BMX track
  • An outdoor amphitheatre for events with tiered seats built into the mound surrounding the stage
  • An area where food trucks, coffee carts and ice cream vans can park during events
  • Improved entrances and new signs
  • Enhanced natural areas for plants and wildlife. 
  • Open spaces for informal use

Download the design plan for the new facilities.

Who is doing the work?

Works to the Folly Lane, Durban Road and Stow Crescent entrances is included in the programme and was completed by May 2019.

After a lengthy procurement process Blakedown Landscapes were commissioned to deliver the main park works.

What happens when?

The main project was completed by May 2019 with some further work to the BMX track due to take place in autumn 2019.

Blakedown Landscapes began work in September 2018 completing it in four phases so parts of the open space remained open for public use.

In March/April 2018 work took place on the entrances including vegetation being cleared with further work completed during summer 2018.

How you helped

Many residents and local organisations have already let us have their comments on the proposals and we have amended the scheme to take account of these.

Official Opening

The official opening of Cheney Row Park took place on Saturday 18 May 2019, and marked the completion of a £1.2 million investment including new play equipment, BMX track, wildlife area, 467 new trees and a performance space.

The opening included a Family Fun Day with displays, activities and performances including East London Radio live broadcast, chainsaw wood carving, making bug hotels, BMX displays and performances from local schools.

Two bands from Walthamstow Academy were the first to use the performance area, which is suitable for all styles of entertainment. Last Minute were the first act to perform there and were joined by all-girl band Identity with both groups playing twice during the afternoon. Last Minute won the Waltham Forest Secondary Battle of The Bands 2018.

How you can help in the future

We already have a number of community groups looking to run activities and events using the new facilities as well as individuals wanting to help look after the woodland areas and other parts of the park.

It’s really important that as many residents and community groups as possible get involved so if you are involved with a group that can use the park or you want to organise some activity or event as an individual, or group of friends, do let us know – just email Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.

Friends of Cheney Row Park

In November 2018 a Friends of Cheney Row Park (FoCRP) group was formally constituted

FoCRP is planning Pick and Patter events from 11am to 12.30pm on the second Sunday of each month.

On Sunday 25 August 2019, 2pm to 5pm, come along take part in a landscape drawing event with all materials provided and a tutor to lend a helping hand if needed.   Email to book your place.

Details of all FoCRP events can be found on the Friends of Cheney Row Park website.

More details of the group are available from Abi Woodman or Kirk Macdonald

Find out what a Friends of Cheney Row Park Group can do.

BMX Training

COG run training sessions for young people wanting to develop their BMX bike riding and maintenance skills on most Saturdays using the special BMX track at Cheney Row Park.

The maximum number of riders for any session is 22 so please let COG know if you will be at the training session.

The aim is to create Waltham Forest's first BMX team to enter the London Youth Games later this year.

There are also BMX sessions for boys and girls under 10 years of age from 3pm to 5pm on Saturdays places should be reserved by emailing COG.

On Fridays from 9am to 10:30am there are BMXercise sessions for women who want to try or take up BMX biking. The first session is free and then the cost is £3 per session. It's a great way to meet like-minded women, as well as getting fit, and having fun in a friendly environment! 

All equipment, such as bikes, helmets, and gloves are provided; all we ask is that you wear long sleeves and long trousers that you feel comfortable riding in.

Tickets can be purchased using the link.  Use the code "FIRSTFREE" to get your first session free.

Keeping you informed

Download the Cheney Park Row Family Fun Day Feedback 24 May newsletter 2019

Download the Cheney Park Row 7 May newsletter 2019

Download the Cheney Park Row April newsletter 2019

Download the Cheney Park Row January newsletter 2019 

Download the Cheney Park Row September newsletter 2018

Download the Cheney Park Row spring newsletter 2018

Further details

Follow us on Twitter using #CheneyRowPark 

Sign up for the Cheney Row Park email newsletter

More information is available from:

  • Waltham Forest Council’s Regeneration Programme Managers, Martha Lawson or Jimmy Jemal.
  • Waltham Forest Council’s Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement Manager, Keith Brown.