Improving Hillside Garden’s Play Area – what do you think?

Dear Resident,

The Friends of Hillside Gardens and the London Borough of Lambeth have been working in partnership with Turkington Martin Landscape Architects to develop a masterplan to direct investment of £500k into the redevelopment of Hillside Gardens. The funds have come from local s106 developer contribution agreements.

The proposed investment will:

  • Enhance accessibility throughout the park with improved footways
  • Refurbish the childrens’ play area
  • Improve surfacing and boundary fencing of tennis and multi-use games areas
  • New furniture and signage throughout
  • New static fitness equipment for adults and older children
  • Planting and soft landscaping.

The proposed masterplan has been informed by a working group of Friends and an extensive survey of park users undertaken by the Friends during the summer of 2019.
Feedback from the survey has been incorporated into the final design. You can view the
proposed masterplan design on the park notice boards or on the Friends of Hillside Gardens and council websites.

Play area

It was agreed during the master planning process that the childrens’ play area needed
investment to enhance this already well designed and popular facility. The project team
appointed Kompan to develop a proposal. The proposed design retains key pieces of equipment including the large climbing unit and bank slide. The proposal includes improving the safety surfacing throughout and replacing old features with new enhanced equipment with higher play value. The draft plans can be viewed on notice boards in the park or here and here (see also previous blog posts).

Your comments are invited on the children’s play area and the wider masterplan proposals. Works are expected to commence on the refurbishment of the footways in the park at the end January 2020 and are expected to take 1 month. 

Playground works are programmed to start in early March with completion in the Spring. Improvements to the court boundary fencing and surfaces will be undertaken on a phased basis after April 2020.

Please forward any comments or questions you have to Rob Kelly, Lambeth Project
Manager on rkelly2@lambeth.gov.uk by the 3rd of February 2020.

We look forward to hearing your feedback.
Tom Stanbury
Friends of Hillside Gardens and Palace Road Nature Gardens

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