King George’s Field / Poor’s Piece update

by Nigel Bakhai on 29 January, 2013

New gym and play equipment at King George's Field in Hanwell

New gym and play equipment at King George’s Field in Hanwell

Work is nearly finished to rejuvenate King George’s Field, a small park on the corner of Lower Boston Road and St Mark’s Road in Hanwell.

The improvements aim to encourage greater community use of the area, also known as Poor’s Piece, while tackling problems with anti-social behaviour.  Work includes a new outdoor gym, table tennis table and seating. A pathway stretching from Lower Boston Road to the path at the St Mark’s Road entrance will be resurfaced, and flowers and shrubs will be planted throughout the park. Low boundary plants will replace the broken knee rail around the site, while the existing large trees will remain in place. The existing steel fence separating the open grass area and Poor’s Piece will be removed and relocated around the site’s boundaries.

Work will also be carried out at the King George’s Playscape which will receive a new toddler slide and sand digger, along with springy seesaws. The damaged mounds will be repaired and the out-of-use water pump will be removed. Play equipment for older children will be installed in other sections of the park, along with more trees planted, including two fruit trees.

The council is investing £95,000 in the park and I am very pleased to have played my part in securing most of this funding through a £20,000 contribution from the ward forum, another £20,000 thanks to my successful application for matched funding from the parks department, plus redirecting an additional £25,000 in S106 planning contributions from the Cambridge Yard development.

Works are expected to be completed by spring. However, it is great to see young people already using the gym equipment and playing table tennis.  We have also installed four new pieces of gym equipment near the tennis courts at Elthorne Park out of the ward forum budget and they are already proving popular.

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