West Hackney Recreation Ground has been awarded over £45k in development funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
This means that a partnership of West Hackney Parochial Charity, the Council and Groundwork and local residents will work together to develop a second stage application for £639,000 to renovate the park.
The project plans for West Hackney Recreation Ground are to re-integrate the three key spaces of the site; the recreation ground, St Paul's burial ground and the churchyard. Activities will include stabilising headstones. a new play area, recreating the original planting designs as well as increasing community involvement in the site through new volunteering opportunities and local school visits.
This 2nd stage application will be submitted in February 2012 and HLF will make a final decision in June 2012.
This is great news for everyone who has been involved with the project so far - particularly Reverend Niall Weir from St Paul's Church. It will provide a much needed open space in this part of Stoke Newington and local residents have already shown a lot of support for the plans.