For some time both the local community and the Royal Borough had been concerned that the playground, hard play area and lavatories in St. Luke’s Gardens were in poor condition and in urgent need of improvement. The perimeter railings removed in the Second World War were only renewed in front of the church, leaving the majority of the perimeter wall topped with unsightly chain-link fencing.
The playground in the Gardens is one of the smallest, yet busiest, in the Royal Borough, but the play equipment was among the oldest and in poor condition. The playground surface was uneven due to root growth and subsidence. Most of the older children’s play equipment had tree bark safety surfacing, making it inaccessible for wheelchair users.
The floodlit hard play area, used primarily as a playground and games area for local schools during the day and by local groups and clubs during evenings, weekends and school holidays, was in desperate need of attention.
In 2006 the Council ran extensive consultation with local residents and park users. The results of this can be viewed by clicking the links below.
- Consultation report - phase one [PDF] (file size 985Kb)
- Consultation report - phase two [PDF] (file size 282Kb)
The improvement works to this site have now been completed.
- a new children's playground
- 'teen area'/climbing boulders
- a new multi-use-games-area
- repair and resurfacing of footpaths
- new benches
- improved planting across the site
- new railings and gates
- a new accessible public lavatory