Work is underway on a set of exciting new improvements to transform Watermans Park in Brentford into the perfect place to play, meet and enjoy nature.
Published: Friday, 14th January 2022
Hounslow Council has kickstarted the redevelopment project to re-landscape the popular riverside park.
The park closed for the improvement works in November and will re-open at the end of March.
Situated on the banks of the River Thames in Brentford, Watermans Park will be given a complete makeover over the next few months.
The improvement works include a new cycleway and footpaths, new hedges, planting and wildflowers. There will be new social areas, outdoor table tennis and a covered performance area for performances and exercise sessions.
The play area is being upgraded, with new facilities for older children. There will also be exercise equipment, which can be used by all ages.
The new look will be rounded off with additional tree planting and a new boardwalk area.
The park's famous arch, with its wind chimes crafted by local children, will be untouched. Heritage assets such as cast-iron caps from the gas works will be saved and displayed in the park.
Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said: “Our parks and open spaces are a vitally important part of life in our borough. We know that residents of the borough really value them as a way of improving their health, wellbeing and connecting with nature.”
“The improvements to Watermans Park will make this popular green space even more accessible and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. We have had to temporarily close the park, and we thank the residents and park users for bearing with us while we do this. The result will be an attractive new outdoor space that everyone can use, enjoy and be proud of."
The improvement works at Watermans have been developed with the support of the local community. Residents and park users have had their say on the future of the park through a questionnaire. The responses have shaped the new look.
Phil Jones, who is chair of The Friends of Watermans Park, said: “It is great to see the transformation of Watermans Park taking shape almost on a daily basis. In recent years our parks and open spaces have become even more important and this wonderful park by the river is right at the heart of our community.
"We are now looking for more people to get involved to make the most of the possibilities that the landscaping and new facilities offer and cannot wait for a great Spring re-opening.”
For more information on parks and open spaces in Hounslow, visit: https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/info/20168/parks_and_open_spaces