The Kings Hill community can now enjoy a new park which has been created to provide the backdrop to its latest residential neighbourhood.
The first people to enjoy the new green space were five-year-old Tony Hudgell and his family, who were given a tour of the park by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust. Kings Hill resident Tony has recently completed a 10km walk, raising more than one million pounds for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
Although the park is still undergoing finishing touches – with further landscaping works and the installation of more seating – and the play areas kept closed for health and safety reasons, it was opened to coincide with the easing of lockdown on 4 July, and to provide a new area where the community can exercise, relax and enjoy themselves.
Jane Harrison, Director of Real Estate and Customer Experience at Liberty’s parent company, Prologis, said: “With the change in government guidance we were delighted we could open up this new space to the community. It is a fabulous landscape-led amenity for people of all ages, whether it’s active children with plenty of energy to expend, people wanting to keep fit or those who simply want to sit in peaceful contemplation.
“After Tony’s fantastic fundraising achievement we wanted him and his family to be the first people to experience the new park, which features a community amphitheatre, a rare World War II Pickett Hamilton fort and extensive landscaping. We hope Tony will make a return visit once we are able to open the junior and toddler play areas with their slides, swings, spinners, seesaw, jungle climber and timber log walk, including equipment suitable for use by children of varying abilities.”
Located at the heart of the new residential neighbourhood between Beacon Avenue and Tower View, the park is half a kilometre in length and the equivalent of three and a half football pitches in size. It is split into several distinct areas, featuring avenues of trees, a play area, natural parkland, sculptural mound, public art and cycle links.
The cost of maintaining the park and its facilities is covered by the estate charge paid by residents to the residential estate management company.
Jane Harrison added: “Depending on any ongoing landscaping and maintenance works, the park will typically be open from 6am until 8pm during the summer. For safety reasons, it will be closed at night until the new adjoining neighbourhood currently under construction is complete.”
The park will be formally opened in spring 2021. Any queries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.