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Croydon plans to transform six of the borough’s parks


Croydon Council has announced its plans to redevelop six parks in the borough – building new sports facilities, outdoor gyms, toilets and cafés.

Masterplans have been released, showing how Ashburton Park, Park Hill Recreation Ground, Lloyd Park, South Norwood Lake, Norbury Park and Happy Valley could be transformed.

Ashburton Park is set to extend the children’s play area, while two new buildings, a bowling pavilion and café, will be built on the north side of the park. An outdoor gym, new sports facility and a skate park are also included in the plans.

Park Hill Recreation Ground will have a new community hub where artistic and educational events can be held, and the Park Hill Water Tower is also set to be “re-activated” and brought back into use for the first time since the 1960s.

Plans for Lloyd Park include the redevelopment of the existing bowls lawn, tennis courts, gym and children’s playground, with two new sporting activities set to be added and a new wheelchair-accessible route will be built around the park.

South Norwood Lake will have a larger sports activity hub to include a new club house and a woodland trim-trail will be built on the west side of the park.

Norbury Park’s plans include a new cricket pitch, ball games area and outdoor gym and two barbecue and picnic zones will be put in place.

Happy Valley will have play equipment and a trim trail installed to the north and east borders of the park respectively, with a new building for the rangers also included in the plans.

The six parks were selected by the council last year for a pilot scheme to find out how residents used the spaces and what they would like to see added to them.

Now the recommendations have been revealed, the council will have to bid for funding to pay for the improvements as the authority does not receive dedicated funding from the government to maintain its 127 parks and green spaces.

Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “Our parks and green spaces are incredibly valuable, and we want residents and visitors alike to be able to enjoy them for years to come… the focus must now be on securing funding opportunities that will enable us to action the recommendations in the masterplans which help shape the future of our parks.”