Boris Johnson this morning announced the names of the ten parks which will share a £4 million renovation fund and revealed that Southwark’s Burgess Park would receive £2 million to pay for a “more substantial upgrade.”
Last year the Mayor called on Londoners to vote for ten parks to receive grants of £400,000 to pay for makeovers. From a list of almost a hundred parks nominated by the capital’s boroughs, a panel of experts shortlisted 47 for the public vote.
The ten winners announced today are: Lordship Recreation Ground in Haringey; Dollis Valley Green Walk in Barnet; Mayesbrook park in Barking and Dagenham; Fairlop Waters Country Park in Redbridge; Brent River Park in Ealing; Little Wormwood Scrubs in Kensington and Chelsea; Parish Wood Park in Bexley; Avery Hill Park in Greenwich; Crane Riverside Park in Richmond and Hounslow and Wandle Park in Croydon.
More than 110,000 Londoners cast a vote, in what Mayor Johnson described as “a fantastic show of people power”.
Johnson said “Londoners deserve a better quality of life and making a greener, more attractive city is a top priority, so I am thrilled to announce that Burgess Park will also receive a whopping £2million to fund an ambitious revamp making it a destination for all Londoners to enjoy.”
The award to Burgess Park is to be combined with £4million from the Department for Community and Local Government, linked to the Aylesbury Estate regeneration, to make up a £6 million investment in the park.
Councillor Nick Stanton, leader of Southwark Council, said today’s announcement “will mean so much for Burgess Park, and the communities which surround it.”