Last updated: 25 October 2023

Next review: 3 October 2024


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 further work carried out to the BMX track since then.

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 Architecture shortlisted the park in the Placemaking Category 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.

July 2021: Pineapple Award Winner for Public Space

Cheney Row Park design plan with key

Jimmy Jemal, Waltham Forest Regeneration Project Lead