Wimbledon Park Masterplan proposals consultation

I wanted to let you know about some proposals that Merton Council have put forward for consultation for changes to Wimbledon Park. They have created a Masterplan with 3 different options which you can find on the dedicated Masterplan website which you can find here.

The 3 proposals vary in the degree that they intervene and change the park as it currently stands. Although the park is run by Merton Council, I know many of us in Southfields and more broadly throughout Putney use this much moved local asset, and it is important that our community’s views are also heard loud and clearly during this consultation, which runs until 22nd August 2016.

Please find below a summary of the proposals:

Option 1

- Minimal intervention and change
- Café is demolished 
- Bowls Pavillion upgraded and extended to provide Café provision overlooking the lake
- Watersports Centre demolished and new building provided to the north of Athletics Compound
- White Pavillion (Home Park Road) upgraded as toilets and refreshments kiosk

Option 2

- Maximum intervention and change
- Athletics Compound demolished and moved to east edge of park alongside the railway line (Revelstoke Road car park to wooded area)
- Café is demolished
- Bowls Pavillion upgraded and extended to provide Café provision overlooking the lake
- Watersports Centre demolished and new building provided to the south (2 storeys)

Option 3

- Medium intervention and change
- Athletics Compound demolished and moved to east edge of park alongside the railway line (Revelstoke Road car park to wooded area)
- Watersports Centre demolished and new building with café provided to the south (3 storeys)
- Top 5-10 tennis courts converted to mini soccer and high and low rope courses installed
- Bowls Pavillion and Greens removed and re-landscaped

The options will require varying levels of work and will impact on park users so, given how many of us use the park, it really is important for us to have our say. The consultation is open until 22nd August and you can comment by visiting http://wimbledonparkconsultation.com/your-feedback/

I have also met with Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, and Southfields resident, Nick Steiner, from Friends of Wimbledon Park to initially discuss the proposals and their impacts. Both myself and Stephen Hammond are very much of the view that of the 3 options, broadly Option 1 is the preferred option as it involves as little intervention as possible. Many of you have written in to raise your concerns about the proposals to move the Athletics ground, where it would back on to homes. I very much agree that this would be unacceptable. A much better idea would be to invest in the existing Athletics ground and really improve its facilities in its current location. I think this is a sentiment that many of you who have contacted me about the proposals share. 

I will be making my own submission to these proposals on behalf of our community alongside Stephen Hammond MP, so do let me know your views and I can make sure I pass these on to Merton Council. My sense is that none of the options really work very well and it is now time to have a more directly community driven approach to improving Wimbledon Park than we have seen from Merton Council to date.