Redesign for the front of Home Park/Sydenham Community library

January 22, 2013 at 10:40 am Leave a comment

 

THE LITERACY PLAZA

 Friends of Home Park (FOHP) http://www.homepark.wordpress.com/
Friends of Home Park (FOHP) was set in 2008 up by local residents because: we wanted better play areas for kids, we want better sports facilities, better integration of library and park and a safer, better maintained park for all. Since FOHP was formed it has actively sought to work with local services/agencies to make improvements to Home Park. FoHP has developed collaborative workingwith local services and agencies to make improvements to Home Park, and to build a sense of community and develop a positive “sense of place”.
FOHP now acts as a voluntary community group that champions Home Park and acts as a strategic hub to link together the stakeholders who aim to develop the park for the benefit of the community.
2010 Hard work by FoHP secured funding from the following Playbuilder Fund and Lewisham Council for the installation of an outdoor gym the ; funds from Lewisham Council Antisocial Behavioural Team for an outdoor classroom and a community garden (on the site of a former mulch pit). The community garden is managed by FoHP and the Sydenham Community Library is one of the stakeholders in the garden. FoHP also work with Sydenham Arts Festival and the Bellingham Ward asssembly to fund and arrange the annual Home Park Arts in the Park Family Funday.
Friends of Home Park had an idea of improving the park frontage FoHP developed the idea and opened up dialogue with Lewisham Greenscene and local ward councillors to see if this could be achieved. The idea of the FoHP proposal is that our plan will open up the front of the park to allow passers by to see into it, to increase its use and improve people’s perception of the park, and create an open square for people to sit and relax, with the possibility of holding farmers’ or crafts markets in Lower Sydenham, increasing footfall to the benefit of local retailers. The area of the park next to the road will be replanted and improved. This will complement the refurbishment of Sydenham Road from Cobbs Corner to Mayow Road, funded by TfL and Lewisham, and the planned continuation of this scheme from Mayow Road to Bell Green. There is also potential synergy with the Portas Pilot scheme known as SEE3 and local housing developments
The proposed changes to the footway and the frontage of Home Park will improve accessibility by providing a wider, level and well lit footway. Re-lighting the area especially around the library entrances and its footpath through the park will reduce the fear of crime and make the park and the library more accessible. FoHP believe that improving this area of the park will provide a better setting for the library. The entrance to the library is poorly lit and surrounded by unkempt shrubbery, which can make it a daunting place to use in the evenings when the library is open late.
  • Friends of Home Park, develop the idea of improving the park frontage-FoHP open up dialogue with Lewisham Greenscene and local ward councillors
  • A planning workshop in conjunction with the Open University finds enthusiasm for the plan,andinvestigates
  • Ed Holloway, local architect, develops a design. Friends of Home Park and The Sydenham Society provide financial support to commission a design of the proposal
  • Applications to the Outer London Fund and others in 2011 and 2012 do not produce funding
  • Friends of Home Park proactively develop local stakeholder engagement and support (includingLewisham Council, Bellingham and Sydenham Ward Councilors, Sydenham Society, Bellingham Safer Neighborhoods Team, Friends of Sydenham Community Library, Sydenham Community Library, Lewisham Homes, Amicus Horizon Housing Association, Hyde Housing)
FoHP hope that the Pocket Park is successful:This application put together by Anthony Scully chair-Friends of Home Park; Ed Holloway RIBA-architect and Tony Rich on behalf of Eco Computers.  This application was submitted to the Greater London Authority by Lewisham Council. The result of application will be known later this year.
By your parcipation and hard work in Home park you have all contributed tothe develpoment of this idea toopen up the park  We will post notice of the outcome of theis application on the blog in due course.
Anthony Scully Chair Friends of Home Park
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