Renovations are nearly complete at Whitehorse Recreation Ground following a government funding boost, and the park will officially reopen to the public next week.
Local residents are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday 5 April, at 10am with the Executive Mayor Jason Perry, Councillor Scott Roche, Cabinet Member for Environment, and local community members.
In September, Croydon was selected by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUCH) to benefit from £85k funding to improve parks and green spaces.
Whitehorse Recreation Ground was chosen as the best option to ensure the investment would benefit areas of deprivation and plans for how to spend the funds were created in partnership with local community groups and organisations.
The improvements have made it easier for everyone to enjoy Whitehorse Recreation Ground by redesigning entrances and walkways, enhancing the appearance of the park, and reopening the old messroom – providing activity space for community groups.
Handcrafted wooden carvings have been designed and placed in the space to line the pathway, with the community garden also getting two new carved benches.
Works are nearly complete to upgrade and expand the community garden, including building a composting bay and creating a chalk wildflower meadow.
The council has planted new trees to increase the tree canopy within the park, adding shade, and the council was able to complete important maintenance tasks within the park.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the work that’s been done to give Whitehorse Rec a much-needed makeover and enhance access to this local green space. We know this park means a lot to the community, and this investment will make a real difference in the area.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon