A previously hidden and little-used green space on the corner of Falmouth Road and New Kent Road was reopened on Tuesday following a programme of improvements.
Falmouth Road Park has gained a new play area and equipment, a ball court, new seating and fencing. The landscaping provides an open and safe environment, with opportunities for play, sport or just enjoying the new planted areas.
Local community involvement has been a major feature of the scheme through consultations and a programme of art workshops at the Rockingham Community Centre and St John's Primary School.
The result is two new park benches – one inspired by the Tower of London, the other branded with designs from nature – all designed by local children and residents.
Local residents with the bench they designed
The Falmouth Road Park project was initiated as a result of a Junior Street Leader audit by local young people and subsequently funded by Borough & Bankside Community Council's Cleaner, Greener, Safer programme.