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Proposed transformation of Beckenham Place Place, blog by Cllr Rachel Onikosi

Blog by Cllr Rachel Onikosi

I am so excited to announce the proposed future of Beckenham Place Park subject to a successful second stage bid of £4.9m to the Heritage Lottery (Parks for People) fund.

Our vision is to significantly improve what is currently offered at the park by providing an array of recreation and leisure activities to increase the number of visitors and regular users.  It is a pleasure to share with you what the draft designs currently include: 

  • outdoor adventure -high ropes, kayaking, mountain biking, adventure play
  • an attractive heritage setting - restored homesteads, courtyard, carriage drive to the mansion house, historic lake and parklands and restored ‘pleasure grounds' and garden
  • extensive educational opportunities - ecological education for children and adults, horticulture and curriculum studies in geography, history and science, a chance for all to experience nature first hand
  • an events programme - from small scale community events to commercial film, music and arts ventures
  • sport and fitness opportunities - cycling tracks, running routes, new skate park, parkrun, triathlons
  • an attractive haven to engage with nature, relax and play - picnics, walking trails, children's play, space to explore.

This is one of the best pieces of news since my election in 2014 because over the last year myself and colleagues have been forced to make efficiency savings due to reduced central government funding.  The prospect of receiving £4.9m investment into our biggest park in Lewisham couldn't come at a better time, I am very pleased that we agreed to continue the project. 

I would like as many residents to have their say in the design process as it's very important that local people help shape the parks potential future. To get involved in the consultation exercise please see the Beckenham Park Place dedicated webpage here  - http://www.lewisham.gov.uk/inmyarea/regeneration/improvements-to-parks/BeckenhamPlacePark/Pages/default.aspx and/or email the team at bpp@lewisham.gov.uk

Councillor Rachel Onikosi, Cabinet Member for the Public Realm 


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