SW9's parent company Network Homes has donated £100,000 towards Lambeth Council’s makeover of Stockwell Park skatepark. The funds will help towards funding £500,000 worth of improvements at the site which is next to Stockwell Park Estate.
The popular park will get its worn-out and rough concrete surface made smoother as well as new modern skating features added. Once complete it will provide a better experience for all types of wheeled riders, improved flow around the park, a more inviting space for beginners and refreshed seating. The work will start in April and is expected to take four months with a grand re-opening scheduled to take place at the end of July.
Network’s donation marks our latest investment in Stockwell Park, managed by our subsidiary SW9 Community Housing, where we’ve put £200 million into the estate’s transformation. This investment has gone towards building new homes, refurbishing and improving existing homes and upgrading community spaces on the estate. This has included the £1.8 million refurbishment the local Community Centre and the refurbishment of the world-famous Stockwell Hall of Fame graffiti pen.
The skatepark first opened in 1978 and attracts skateboarders, BMX bikers and other riders of all ages and abilities from across the borough. Lambeth Council, which owns the site, has worked closely with the Friends of Stockwell Skatepark (FOSS) and local residents on the refurbishment. The skatepark work will carried out by Betongpark, one of Europe’s leading skatepark design and construction firms.
Daphne Greca (pictured), from the Friends of Stockwell Skatepark, said: “Stockwell Skatepark is loved by so many people, and it’s such a valuable site for so many reasons. It boosts well-being, gives young people an exciting way of exercising - but more than that a community has built up around the park which is just brilliant.”
Helen Evans, Chief Executive of Network Homes, said: “We’re proud to be supporting this refurbishment at Stockwell Park which will improve this iconic skatepark and benefit the local community. As a charitable organisation we believe in giving back to the communities we work in and creating neighbourhoods that people are proud of and want to live in.”
The Skatepark is not only an iconic Brixton landmark, it is also the gateway to the Stockwell Park estate.. This welcome investment will act as another step in the ongoing journey of SW9 and its incredible, vibrant community.Delroy Rankin, Executive Director, SW9 Community Housing