Major improvements in Barnard Park have begun at last. This August 2023, construction started on a 3G Astroturf sports pitch which is Phase 1 of the project. Completion of this 9-a-side pitch is expected in December 2023.
Phase 2 is expected to begin in January 2024 and continue through 2024. These works will include demolition of the existing One O’Clock Club and park keeper buildings. A new hub building will be constructed. The hub building will house public toilets, a park manager’s office and a community room and kitchen. This room can be used as a stay-and-play area for children under five.
Other improvements include a flat grassed area for recreation, improved circulation with all-weather paths, and biodiverse planting. More trees will be planted including a fruiting orchard. There will be a new entrance at Sheen Grove, an outdoor gym and new seating throughout.
The children’s playground will remain open through both phases of work. The Council aims to keep as much of the park open during construction as possible. The works will transform the park and create a functional space which will be valuable to the community.