October 21, 2021
Work is about to begin to revitalise outdoor sport and play areas at Savona Estate, Patmore Estate and the Yvonne Carr Centre. Each refurbished outdoor area will allow for play, recreation and exercise, creating a sport and play trail for all.
Following feedback from residents over the past few years, works are now ready to begin on improvements this November and are scheduled to be completed in spring 2022.
During these works, the existing outdoor sport and play areas will be closed to residents and the public. To ensure some sport and play areas remain open during this time, there will be a phased approach to the construction works so residents will still be able to use nearby play areas and enjoy each area once finished.
Notices will be put up in each of the areas affected showing the dates of closure at least 10 days before works begin.
Although the works are on track to be delivered between November and spring, works could be affected by extreme weather or delivery of materials.
Why are outdoor areas getting refurbished?
It’s part of Wandsworth Council’s programme of improvements using funding from Nine Elms developments to invest in improvements to the local area. This includes local walking and cycling facilities, a new park, leisure, health, school facilities, and opening the Thames River Path. The investment in these sports and play areas was secured from the nearby building developments.
The improvements are located within existing recreation areas to ensure the facilities are accessible and can be enjoyed by everyone.
Wandsworth Council has listened to and worked with residents to shape the sport and play areas to create a trail that everyone can enjoy through consultations and feedback sessions over the past few years.
What’s being improved to the outdoor areas?
As requested by residents, play equipment will be available for toddlers and children including swings, see-saws and climbing frames.
There will be table tennis for all ages and sports equipment with a focus on cardio and resistance training such as rowing, leg presses and cross trainers.
Every area on the sport and play trail will have new signage and include soft landscaping such as plants, grass and trees.
Patmore Estate and the Yvonne Carr Centre areas will have a greater focus on sensory planting and have features like bug hotels and birdboxes to encourage wildlife for everyone to see.
The materials used for the new facilities have been carefully chosen, requiring less maintenance so that it will look good for many years to come.
If you have any questions or concerns during the works, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay up to date on the project by attending the next Community Engagement Advisory Group meeting on 1 December.