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Albany Park Hub throws open its doors!

Published Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A new community hub, funded by £63,000 from the Enfield Residents Priority Fund (ERPF) was officially opened last Friday by Cllr Chris Bond and Cllr Yasemin Brett (11 July).

Albany Park hub

The Friends of Albany Park took the formerly unused bowling clubhouse in the park and turned it into the Albany Community Hub, a thriving centre and café which aims to be a focal point for the area and a busy meeting point for residents and park users.

Staffed by volunteers, it will put on a wide array of events and activities aimed at all sections of the community.

Gina Needs, the Chair of the Friends of Albany Park, said: “We have worked for such a long time to realise the dream of the Albany Park Community Hub.

“The community has pulled together to create a wonderful space where everyone can get together, join in with activities, meet up, have fun and get involved in some of the many projects in the hub and in the park.

“I would personally like to thank Enfield Council through the Enfield Residents Priority Fund for the funding, and its staff and councillors for all the support they have given us, and also all of the community who helped us get this off the ground”.

Cllr Yasemin Brett, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Organisations said “Thanks to the ERPF this excellent scheme has finally been completed. I would like to congratulate Gina Needs and the Friends of Albany Park for their tireless dedication in getting this unique community facility off the ground.

“£5.5 million has been spent on ERPF projects since its inception, and this new hub is going to be a huge success.”

Cllr Chris Bond, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment said “Enfield is one of London’s greenest boroughs, and Enfield Council is always looking for new ways to get people into our beautiful parks to enjoy the surroundings and make use of the facilities.

“We have 123 parks and open spaces, playgrounds, sports facilities, historical sites, a nature reserve and much more, and we would love people to come and find out about them all.

“The Albany Community Hub will ensure that even more people will now come to Albany Park, and I was delighted to open this fantastic new community space with Cllr Brett.”

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