A previously disused space on the Field Road estate in Fulham is now one of the most innovative, family-friendly sports areas in the country.
After local residents asked for improvements to its communal space on the estate, Hammersmith & Fulham Council listened, and worked with Playinnovation to create a fun multi-use games area.
“This is a fantastic new addition to the Field Road estate,” said Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Cabinet Member for Housing.
“We believe that residents know best what works for their neighbourhood and that we’re here to help them make the changes they want to see. So we’ve listened and helped build a facility for the community in Fulham to enjoy. It looks great and we hope it contributes to making the estate an even better place to live.”
Residents from across the borough form part of the council’s investment group which decides how funding is spent to deliver environmental improvements in local neighbourhoods.
The new £140,000 community space now includes new sensory basketball boards, educational target games and traverse walls for all ages and abilities.
In support of the initial £25,000 of funding from the council’s resident-led investment group for the project, H&F Council invested an additional £115,000 from developers’ section 106 contributions to ensure the residents got the improvements they wanted on the Field Road estate.
Residents, who form part of the investment group, work with housing officers to make decisions on funding for community projects.
This year, the investment group has selected community improvements across a number of estates, which include the installation of a green screen to protect residents from the noise and air pollution of the A4 on the Aspen Gardens estate and the creation of a peace garden on the Edward Woods estate for residents in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy.
At the unveiling of the new space on the estate, local children and families were treated to a basketball show from one of the world’s top basketball troupe, Trickstar, which is currently touring the UK with dance group Diversity.
The basketball stars then gave the kids a basketball training session on the new court, while others enjoyed the chance to get their faces painted and try out the other new features to the outdoor area.
Rene Biro, Vice Chair of the Field Road Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “This amazing new space will bring our community closer. The area has been designed with care and attention to bring the local community closer by promoting a healthy lifestyle with an array of interactive games in the heart of Fulham.”
Rene and the Field Road Tenants’ and Residents’ Association worked closely with CEO and founder of Playinnovation, Marco Boi, and his team from the start to the very end of the project to ensure the space matched the needs and wishes of the local community.
Marco added: “The environment in which we live, work and play has a huge impact on our happiness and wellbeing.
“So to collaborate and work with not only H&F but the local residents’ association resulted in one of the best installations we’ve completed to date.”
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