Newham park undergoes transformation
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A 19th century park has undergone a transformation after receiving a £1.3million grant from the National Lottery.
Plashet Park was awarded the grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund in 2012 to make improvements.
Visitors celebrated the new look of the park with a launch on Thursday.
Councillor Ian Corbett, mayoral advisor for environment and leisure, said: “Plashet Park has always been a hugely popular draw for local residents to take their children to play or to simply go for a walk and enjoy the wildlife. With the park also offering cricket nets, tennis courts and a bowls green it caters for a wide range of people.”
Some of the improvements made to the park include the repair of railings, footpaths and park ‘furniture’ as well as improvements to the children’s play area.
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An active group of residents are also involved in supporting the park.
Cllr Corbett added: “As a result of the funding we have received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund we have made the park an even more enjoyable place to visit, relax and play. We have created new paths, a meadow and ornamental planting areas as well as made improvements to the play area, caf? and created a new toilet block.
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“I am sure everyone who visits Plashet Park will see and love the changes and, like me, want to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for helping to make it happen.”
Newham Council has also put in around ?£500,000 to support the transformation of the park, which welcomes about 600,000 visitors each year.
Most of the work has been completed and an official launch is set to be organised next year.