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Park revamp forges ahead

Published Friday, 21 November 2014

Details of a string of improvements which have been made to parks and funded through contributions made by developers and other organisations have been unveiled by Enfield Council.

A range of improvements have taken place across the borough in recent months ranging from the pond restoration at Tatem Park to the restoration of the Town Park boating lake, the installation of a new trim trail at Albany Park, biodiversity improvements are also planned at Oakwood Park.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “We’re very proud of our parks and we want to make them as accessible as we can for the widest possible audience, despite significant budget pressures we are continuing to provide excellent parks and open spaces by finding creative solutions.
“Enfield Council has a budget of £2m over two years to replace fencing, footpaths and play equipment that have reached the end of their serviceable life but we are working really hard to find new sources of investment in our parks to supplement that money so that our parks continue to be brilliant place to visit and enjoy.
“We are determined to increasing the numbers of Green Flag parks in the borough and we aim to increase the number we have from eight to 10 by 2016 and we’ll be working very closely woth the relevant friends of the park groups to make that happen.
The council has also secured Fields in Trust Queen Elizabeth II status for Craig Park, St George’s Field, Jubilee Park, Ponders End Recreation Ground and Tatem Park, which increases the protection against future development and has led to the delivery of a new artificial cricket wicket in Ponders End Recreation Ground, a new orchard and wildlife area within Jubilee Park and new paths in Tatem Park. 
Funding  has also been received from the London Marathon Trust to replace ageing play equipment at Wilbury Way and Enfield Council has also submitted further applications for Albany Park, Delhi Gardens, Hazelwood Recreation Ground, Lee Road Open Space and Tatem Park. 
A new social area at Aldersbrook Recreation Ground has been funded by the Mayor of London’s Pocket Park programme, which has resulted in the installation of two new table tennis tables, new picnic benches and new trees.  Further improvements will be made to Aldersbrook in 2015 when all of the ageing play equipment will be replaced or refurbished. 

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