Summer’s here and there’s nowhere better to get outside and have fun than the parks in Hammersmith & Fulham.
“We’re lucky and proud to have some brilliant green spaces with superb facilities,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.
“There’s no better time than summer to get out and explore our parks, cool off in the pools, or have a knock in our tennis courts.”
Here are five reasons why our parks are the best place to see out the rest of the summer.
One – Splashing around
The popular water features in both parks provide a welcome relief in hot weather and a great chance for parents to meet and socialise while the children have fun.
The paddling pool in Ravenscourt Park was recently refurbished to include a new ‘beach’ style sand bank feature.
Two – Top class green spaces
Fifteen of the borough’s parks have been granted Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag status. Both Wendell Park in Shepherds Bush and St Paul’s Gardens in Hammersmith have newly received the award, which recognises green spaces with the best management, facilities and plants.
To find the park nearest you, or just see what facilities are available across the borough, visit our parks and open spaces webpage.
Three – Best places for play
We’ve recently invested in some major improvements to play areas in our parks.
Play equipment was added to South Park and Hurlingham Park in Fulham including a new zip wire, climbing area and trim trail.
A new climbing wall, roundabout and a sensory path were added to the play area in Fulham’s William Parnell Park.
This spring, we’ve also completed full refurbishments to the play areas in both Eel Brook Common in Fulham and Hammersmith Park in White City, so there’s no shortage of high quality play opportunities wherever you are in the borough.
Need more inspiration for ways to keep the youngsters entertained this summer? Why not check out the hundreds of free events available to children, young people and families as part of this year’s Summer in the City programme.
Four – Game, set and match
Tennis fans inspired by Serena and Andy’s performance at Wimbledon this summer could pick up a racket and head to one of our many tennis courts – including the four newly-furbished courts in Ravenscourt Park.
Did you know H&F has 36 publicly-accessible tennis courts spread across eight parks?
Four of the courts in the southern section of Ravenscourt Park have just been fully resurfaced in time for summer bookings. And there are plenty of options for a rally or two in the south of the borough as well, with Bishops Park being home to 12 tennis courts and the borough’s first ‘padel’ court.
Find out more about our tennis courts and how to book and play.
Five – Defibrillators add to safety
New publicly accessible defibrillators are now available in six parks across Hammersmith & Fulham.
The ‘rescue ready’ medical equipment means anyone who suffers a critical cardiac issue while visiting one of the parks can get immediate assistance from the public, or Parks Police officers, who’ve been trained to use them.
The units have been installed in, Margravine Cemetery in Barons Court, Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith, William Parnell Park, Bishop’s Park and Hurlingham Park in Fulham and Wormwood Scrubs in the north of the borough.
The defibrillators have been funded through the council’s public health team. The unit in Bishop’s Park was funded by fitness charity Park Run, with a contribution from the Friends of Bishop’s Park and the council’s parks department.
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