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Stratford’s new Tramway Avenue pocket park opens
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
A new pocket park has been created and is now open for use in Stratford Town Centre just in time for spring.
The space, located at the south east of Broadway, where Tramway Avenue and West Ham Lane meet has been developed by Groundwork London in partnership with Stratford Renaissance Partnership (SRP) and the London Borough of Newham.
This is the second pocket park scheme to come to Stratford. The first was rooftop venue, Roof East which launched in summer 2014 and is due to reopen for the season on 1 May 2015. Both schemes aim to make the town more welcoming by promoting active use of public green space.
Funding for the Tramway Avenue pocket park came from SRP, the Mayor of London’s Pocket Parks Programme and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).
The site of the park has been transformed with raised steel wire trellis work to mimic tramline wiring and reflect the site as a former tramway. Large oak clad planters house a modern planting scheme and a number of twining climbers have been fed onto the wiring. In addition, oak batten benches have been built into three of the large planters.
Work on the park, which is 500m2 in size, has also included rain water harvesting from the adjacent Queens Head pub roof top, improved pedestrian movement from buses stopping at the site, a new semi mature liquid amber tree and surfacing improvements around the base of all trees.
The project began in November 2013 with Groundwork London consulting local residents, businesses and workers, asking for their views and ideas for the space. A consultation event was held on Tramway Avenue in summer 2014 where Groundwork’s landscape architects showcased and discussed the pocket park designs with the local community. It is hoped that locals will continue to be involved as the park flourishes.
Cathy Low, Project Director, SRP said, “The vision for the Tramway Avenue pocket park was to create a green oasis for the whole community to enjoy in the heart of Stratford Town Centre and I think we have achieved just that. The immediate surrounding area has been transformed and the views into the St. Johns conservation area have been improved through increased greenery, activity and upgraded aesthetics.”
Matthew Conlon Perry, Landscape Architect, Groundwork London said, “This new public space has created a green focal point and new meeting place for pedestrians in Stratford. Through the substantial, raised steel wire trellis work we have been able to give a nod to the history of the area as a former tramline. In time the climbers and other plants will establish providing a greener, more interesting space for locals to enjoy in the bustle of Stratford Town Centre.”
Anyone interested in volunteering or pledging their support for the upkeep of Tramway Avenue pocket park should email Jessica.Robinson@groundwork.org.uk or call 020 8510 5421.
The park is now open for use and an official opening event will take place this spring/summer - details of this will be publicised.