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Sun 14 Dec: Cricklewood ‘pocket park’ Grand Opening

"A £327,000 project to transform a Cricklewood playground into a brand new ‘pocket park’ is now complete and residents are being invited to celebrate the official opening on Sunday 14th December.

"The Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Hugh Rayner, will be joined by the Chairman of Barnet Council’s Environment Committee, Dean Cohen, local ward councillors and various community groups from 12pm.

"The Cricklewood 'pocket park', located at Kara Way, now has several exciting features for all ages to enjoy, such as a basketball court, a multi-use game area where visitors can play sports such as tennis, a new play-area and a relaxation space filled with a table tennis table and a chess board. The park has also reduced the amount of concrete and tarmac in favour of eco mulch surfacing which is made out of recycled rubber. The planting of nine additional trees, including a new Liquid Amber Tree which acts as a focal point, means the park is now greener than ever.

"The year-long project was part of the Mayor of London’s £2m 'pocket parks' programme to enable local communities and volunteers to rejuvenate and transform small patches of uncultivated and overlooked land into lush green spaces for everyone to use and enjoy.

"The new park in Cricklewood, which received £40,000 from the Mayor of London, is one of 100 'pocket parks' cropping up in 26 boroughs across the capital, as part of the Mayor's commitment to improving green space and tree cover in London. The remainder of the project’s budget was sourced from section 106 funding for open spaces and the funds from the Cricklewood Town Centre Project.

"Judith Williams, who lives near the park and visits regularly with her two young grandchildren, said:
"I was astounded by the revamp. The new playground has created so much fun for children of all ages, parents and grandparents to enjoy precious times together. Well done to all the people who were involved in this wonderful achievement."
"Chairman of the Environment Committee, Councillor Dean Cohen, said:
"This has been a major transformation project which will benefit the whole community in Cricklewood. I want to thank the council's Green Spaces team for all of their hard work as well as all the volunteers who have also helped to steer this project. I hope as many people as possible will come along to celebrate the official opening."

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