VolkerHighways recently completed a £500,000 project to transform Islington’s Archway Park in London.
Located at the junction of St John’s Way and Archway Road, the popular recreation space was in need of a revamp. Improvements included a refurbishment of the children’s play area as well as the removal of a ball court, concrete mounds and the park-keeper’s building.
In their place, the team constructed a new play area, as well as a multi-use ball court and concrete table tennis facilities. A new footpath was also laid across the park, along with improved lighting, to encourage more people to use it as a walking route.
The Mayor of Islington officially re-opened the park at a ceremony on 30 September. The event was attended by local residents, as well as the London Marathon Trust, Transport for London, the Ward Councillor, and members of the project team. A juggler, plate spinner and face-painter entertained the crowds, whilst local children tried out the new play equipment.
Speaking at the event, Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O’Halloran, said: “It’s fantastic to be here to celebrate with local families. The children here today love the new equipment and I think this will quickly become an important and much-loved space in Archway.”
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: "By listening to what residents wanted from the park, we’ve been able to do so much more. We are so pleased to have been able to retain the historic super slide and prioritise much needed improvements to Archway Park.”
The improvements were funded by Islington Council, the London Marathon Trust and Transport for London – via the Safer Routes To Estates programme.
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