Regeneration: Cheney Row Park, Higham Hill

Cheney Row Park Family Fun Day 2019

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New London Architecture has shortlisted the park in the Placemaking section of its 2020 awards which are for new or rediscovered public spaces; parts of London that have been given new life through improvements to streets, squares, playgrounds, water spaces or parks.

What was planned

Cheney Row Park was created on a former landfill site with the £1.2 million cost being met by contributions from nearby housing developments.

What was included?

The design of the new park included something for residents of all ages, including:

  • A nature-themed play-area for children
  • A special area for teenagers to use
  • A raised viewing platform offering views over the Walthamstow Wetlands and reservoirs
  • Improvements to the existing BMX track
  • An outdoor amphitheatre for events with tiered seats built into the mound surrounding the stage
  • An area where food trucks, coffee carts and ice cream vans can park during events
  • Improved entrances and new signs
  • Enhanced natural areas for plants and wildlife. 
  • Open spaces for informal use

Download the design plan for the new facilities.

Who did the work?

Works to the Folly Lane, Durban Road and Stow Crescent entrances is included in the programme and was completed by May 2019.

After a lengthy procurement process Blakedown Landscapes were commissioned to deliver the main park works.

What happened when?

The main project was completed by May 2019 with some further work to the BMX track due to take place in spring 2020.

Blakedown Landscapes began work in September 2018 completing it in four phases so parts of the open space remained open for public use.

In March/April 2018 work took place on the entrances including vegetation being cleared with further work completed during summer 2018.

How you helped

Many residents and local organisations let us have their comments on the proposals and we amended the scheme to take account of these.

Awards won

September 2020: New London Awards 2020 shortlisted in Placemaking Category. 

Official Opening

The official opening of Cheney Row Park took place on Saturday 18 May 2019, and marked the completion of a £1.2 million investment including new play equipment, BMX track, wildlife area, 467 new trees and a performance space.

The opening included a Family Fun Day with displays, activities and performances including East London Radio live broadcast, chainsaw wood carving, making bug hotels, BMX displays and performances from local schools.

Two bands from Walthamstow Academy were the first to use the performance area, which is suitable for all styles of entertainment. Last Minute were the first act to perform there and were joined by all-girl band Identity with both groups playing twice during the afternoon. Last Minute won the Waltham Forest Secondary Battle of The Bands 2018.

How you can help?

The Friends of Cheney Row Park needs 10 to 15 volunteers to water the trees that have been planted so they survive through the hot weather.

Blakedown Landscapes has provided a hose reel for the watering.

If you are willing to give a couple of hours a month to help please email FoCRP.

Friends of Cheney Row Park

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In November 2018 a Friends of Cheney Row Park (FoCRP) group was formally constituted

The FoCRP celebrated its first anniversary on Thursday 7 November 2019, including the FoCRP Annual General Meeting. The meeting was open to any local resident.

FoCRP holds tree weeding and litter picking events from 11am to 12.30pm on the second Sunday of each month.

Details of all FoCRP events can be found on the Friends of Cheney Row Park website.

More details of the group are available from Kirk Macdonald

Find out what a Friends of Cheney Row Park Group can do.

BMX Training

COG run training sessions for young people wanting to develop their BMX bike riding and maintenance skills on most Saturdays using the special BMX track at Cheney Row Park.

The maximum number of riders for any session is 22 so please let COG know if you will be at the training session.

From the young people taking part we created Waltham Forest's first BMX team to enter the London Youth Games 2019 and came away with a medal.

There are also BMX sessions for boys and girls aged 10 to 16 years from 1pm to 3pm and for six to 10 year olds from 3pm to 5pm on Saturdays places should be reserved by emailing COG.

On Fridays from 9am to 10:30am there are BMXercise sessions for women who want to try or take up BMX biking. The first session is free and then the cost is £3 per session. It's a great way to meet like-minded women, as well as getting fit, and having fun in a friendly environment! 

All equipment, such as bikes, helmets, and gloves are provided; all we ask is that you wear long sleeves and long trousers that you feel comfortable riding in.

Tickets can be purchased using the link.  Use the code "FIRSTFREE" to get your first session free.


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