Improving Waterman’s Park for residents – temporary closures

We are pleased to announce that significant improvements and landscaping works are scheduled to be undertaken at Watermans Park.

Published: Wednesday, 10th November 2021

Image of Watermans Park

We are pleased to announce that significant improvements and landscaping works are scheduled to be undertaken at Watermans Park, which will transform the space and greatly benefit the local community and those who come to visit the Borough. As a result, the Park will be closed from 15 November 2021 to 31 March 2022, except for the Thames Path, which we will try to keep open. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the works.

The landscaping and improvement works that will take place include:

  • Building space for a cyclepath, as well as hedges, native planting, wildflowers.
  • A social area at the west of the park to include a table tennis table.
  • A pergola will house outdoor performances and exercise sessions.
  • There will be spring bulb planting, wildflower terraces, insect hotels, more seating – some under pergolas.
  • The children’s play area equipment and features will be upgraded, with a basketball hoop for older children and exercise equipment for adults of all ages.
  • Additional tree planting and the restoration of the dilapidated boardwalk.

The iconic, well-loved Art Nouveau-style arch, with its wind chimes crafted by local children at the western entrance will be untouched, and heritage assets such as cast-iron caps from the gas works currently sitting on wooden posts in the river are currently planned to be saved and displayed in the park.  

Initial plans to take a phased approach to the works and closures would have extended disruption to the area and the new proposal for closures will ensure the Borough gets its renewed space in time for the arrival of warmer weather in Spring 2022.

Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the amazing transformation at Watermans Park take place over the coming winter. Access will be restricted or not possible for the period of construction but I know that the short-term sacrifice will be worth the enormous long-term gain for all of us who use the park.”

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