Hackney Council has received over £3.1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund for the restoration of Springfield Park.
At a ceremony held on 29 May, mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville was presented with a cheque to restore the landscape and historic buildings within Springfield Park.
The funding was granted in July 2017 and since then the Council has worked to prepare detailed documents such as construction drawings, specifications and contract documents for the project, and initial preparation works onsite too.
Before applying for funding, the Council asked park users for their thoughts on what improvements they would like to see and developed its plans in partnership with Springfield Park User Group.
The project includes refurbishing the Park’s buildings which date back to the mid-19th century, upgrading the footpaths, play equipment and gates, as well as working to preserve and enhance the Park’s magnificent landscape.
One of the key elements of the new design at Springfield Park is to restore the stable block and replace the derelict glass houses with a new community and events space. The stable block will host small local businesses and the community space will host birthday parties, events and weddings. Any income from these buildings will then be reinvested back into maintaining the Park.