A new playground built by Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been praised by local residents.
The open space behind Field Road in Hammersmith had fallen into disrepair, so the Field Road Tenants & Residents Association approached H&F Council to ask for improvements to be made. With the help of Play Innovation, the council helped bring residents’ dream to life with the new playground.
“It went from being an old park that time forgot to a new completely different one,” said Lulu Gwynne, landlady of the nearby Pear Tree Pub, who has visited the playground with four-year-old daughter, Ralphine Seger, every day since it opened.
“We’d not seen that sort of playground equipment before, so it’s nice to have a play park that is so modern – it has shot us into the future.”
Ralphine described the new park as: “Amazing, amazing, amazing.”
Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The transformation of the space at Field Road is fantastic. And I am delighted that by working with local residents we have been able to deliver projects like this.
“We are determined to improve the quality of the environment on our estates and to ensure that all local families have access to quality open spaces and play equipment, and I thank all the residents who have been involved.”
H&F consulted with both the Field Road Tenants Residents’ Association and other local residents to develop the new design.
When work was completed, local families joined representatives from H&F recently at the playground for a party to celebrate.
“The area is a success and we hope it will continue to be well used and strengthen our community,” said Jeannie Ferguson of the Field Road Tenants & Residents Association.
Play Innovation, who specialise in developing inclusive sports and play areas, had previously worked with H&F Council on the successful makeover of the sunken ball court in the Bayonne Estate in Fulham.