Parks' £4.5m funding boost in West London

Parks in the Hammersmith and Fulham areas will receive a £4.5m makeover after the council voted to invest in a three-year improvement programme.

These include building a new pavilion at Brook Green in Hammersmith, enhanced sports facilities at South Park, Fulham and a better play area at Hammersmith Park, over the next 12 months.

In 2014-15, Frank Banfield Park in Hammersmith and Wormholt Park in Shepherd’s Bush will both get a complete refurbishment at a combined cost of £1million.

In the third year the astroturf will be resurfaced at Ravenscourt Park, Hammersmith and the north end of Eel Brook Common, Fulham will be smartened up.

Wormwood Scrubs, Hurlingham Park, Normand Park, Rowberry Mead, Gwendwr Road, Marcus Garvey Park, Cathnor Park and Lillie Road Recreation Ground will also all benefit.

In total just over £1m will be spent on the parks this finanical year and again in 2015-16, with the rest of the money spent in 2014-15.

The council’s deputy leader, Cllr Greg Smith, said: "We understand how important beautiful, well maintained parks are for residents and that is why we have committed to spending such a large sum of money.

"This borough has some of the most tranquil and picturesque parks in London and we are looking forward to carrying out this huge raft of improvements over the next three years."

£1.5m of the funding comes from the council’s capital budget with the remaining £3m being found from grants and anticipated Section 106 contributions from property developers.

The council previously invested £8m to restore Bishops Park in Fulham and £2.6 million to improve Shepherds Bush Green, due to be completed by the end of next month.

There are 62 parks and open spaces in Hammersmith & Fulham, receiving more than 7 million visits per year.

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