White City’s Wormholt Park celebrated its £1million transformation with a family festival of fun and games on Saturday.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council funded improvements to the park with money negotiated from local developers. The Friends of Wormholt Park helped design the changes which include two new playgrounds, a picnic area, new footpaths and colourful new garden areas.
The improvements featured at a packed W12 festival run by Big Local, a Lottery funded scheme which works with residents to improve the area. Families enjoyed live music, market stalls, sports and games, face painting, pony rides, a dog show, arts and crafts, science experiments, a water slide and more.
“This packed day of family fun shows just how much residents value Wormholt Park,” said Cllr Wesley Harcout, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Community Services.
“We’re delighted we could work with residents to make improvements which have really helped reinvigorate the park.”
Local mum Hayley Wedgbury was celebrated at the event for raising £7,000 for a wheelchair accessible swing. The funding was matched by H&F Council who also installed a wheelchair accessible roundabout and trampoline, as well as equipment for children with sensory impairments.
The playground features a slide with a wooden dragon’s head carved by a local artist and designed by children from nearby Wormholt Park Primary School. An adventure playground has also been installed, packed with equipment for older children.
Meanwhile, an In Bloom competition – run by Hammersmith Community Gardens Association (HCGA) – was also held as part of the event and the winners were announced on the day.
They were Eddy Sjofjan of Clematis Street for Best Front Garden (Wormholt); Ahmad Memarian of Mandela Close for Best front Garden (White City) and Afsaneh Masoulet of India Way for Best Container Garden (White City).
Second prizes went to Sawsan Al Mardini of Cornwallis House for Best Front Garden (White City) and Gareth Macdonogh of Hargraves House for Best Container Garden (White City).
“We were really pleased with the standard of entries, the topiary garden in Clematis Street is a real hidden gem,” said Cathy Maund, director of the HCGA.
“We hope residents will be inspired and more people will be encouraged to enter next year.”