New play areas, pathways and even a pond island can now be enjoyed by Hounslow residents and visitors after the refurbishment of two parks and woodland in the borough.
Published: Tuesday, 1st September 2020
Grosvenor Park, Bridge House Pond, and Donkey Woods and Brazil Mill Woods are all boasting new facilities after investment from the Council, Grosvenor Estate and Countryside PLC.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary Lead Member for Parks and Leisure said: “The upgrades at these parks and play areas are really impressive. This represents a substantial investment in parks infrastructure, and I am sure these places will remain popular with local families and visitors alike.
“Please do observe the ongoing social distancing and hygiene guidance to ensure safe use of parks facilities, this will help reduce the spread of infection and allow play areas to remain open.”
The play area closed earlier this year for essential repairs, which required many pieces of play equipment to be decommissioned or removed. The extensive works included repairing and updating the existing play equipment with new stock and upgrading the surrounding surfaces with new asphalt. This has resulted in a well-equipped safe space that will serve the local community for years to come.
Cllr Samia Chaudhary Lead Member for Parks and Leisure reopened Grosvenor Park’s play area in Feltham on 24 August following refurbishment works at the site. Cllr Chaudhary was joined by all Feltham West ward members Cllr Hina Mir, Cllr Alan Mitchell and Cllr Mohammed Umair, and Greenspace 360 staff to inspect the improvements.
Bridge House Pond
The park, a short walk from Feltham High Street, is a beloved community asset that is maintained in partnership with the Friends of Bridge House Pond. It recently underwent refurbishment to improve play and sports areas with new amenities such as table tennis, health and safety protections, restoration and creations of new plant borders, and a restored pond island. The park now boasts a restored pond island, new litter bins, and better lighting and sightlines to improve the beauty of the space.
See video below on the improvements carried out at Bridge House Pond
Donkey Woods and Brazil Mill Woods
During lockdown, many people discovered the pathways and hidden countryside gems along the Crane valley. The improvements to bridges and boardwalks have allowed great accessibility throughout these spaces so that all residents can enjoy the park lands.
The woods have gone through extensive refurbishment and improvement in infrastructure so it may remain a popular and beautiful park for residents. Improvements include a new wooden bridge at Brazil Mill Woods, which forms part of the famous London Loop Walk, has been fully rebuilt, along with 95 metre of new boardwalk adjacent to the bridge. The new structures have been made from recycled plastic, which is both more durable and contributes to the Council’s climate and sustainability goals.
The Parks team are continuing to explore further funding opportunities for more play equipment and refurbishments throughout the borough.
Borough play areas and gyms within parks have been back available to use from July following the coronavirus lockdown related closures earlier in the year. However, visitors must still follow social distancing and hygiene guidance when using outdoor gyms and playgrounds to keep all users safe.
For more information on how you can stay safe, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus