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Celebration event for new look open space

Published Friday, 04 April 2014

Residents turned out in force to celebrate the new look Grove Road Open Space in New Southgate which has been transformed into a fantastic community setting for the whole family.

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The site now boasts better landscaping and vegetation, improved seating, new landscape features specially designed for little ones to explore and scale.  Fabulous community-based artwork has been included into the final design to encourage greater usage among the local community. The work was carried out after a public consultation that found that residents wanted the Grove Road Open Space improved so that it was safer and better used. 
The event was attended by around 60 people and featured a short talk about the history of the site by Colin Barrett from the Local Historical Society, some planting of shrubs and flowers by schoolchildren from Garfield School and residents from the assisted housing unit, Old Church Court, near the site. 
The community were involved in creating the stone artwork and historical board and sent in their photographs and local stories as contributions.  The site previously housed two large houses which were bombed during World War Two.  The site has remained an open space ever since and is known locally as the Bombie.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Regeneration, Cllr Del Goddard, said:” This fantastic project has transformed a run down and under used public area into a brilliant facility the whole family can enjoy.
“Enfield Council is committed to providing high quality open spaces for residents and this scheme offers something for everybody, regardless of their age.”

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