Larkhall Park, Lambeth, London

Larkhall Park is a park in South Lambeth created in the 1970s

The Friends of Larkhall Park Group was formed in 1996 by local residents to promote Larkhall Park and to campaign for improvements.

Improvements to the Park

After years of frustration, the Friends were finally able to support Lambeth Council in achieving major and lasting improvements.

A combination of Lambeth Council's decision to develop a management plan for Larkhall Park in partnership with the Friends, and the prospect of qualifying for grants from Urban 2 and other sources in 2001, meant that the Friends were able to dust off the 1999 Master Plan as the basis for further, more detailed studies and bids for funds.

Achievements

1999 - Tthe Friends commissioned a Master Plan from urban planning consultants Burns + Nice, which Lambeth Council accepted in principle as the starting point for improvements to the Park.

2000 - 2001, the Friends raised a total of £76,000, all of which was spent on new or improved facilities in the Park: £36,000 in 2000 on new lighting, benches, trees, and the removal of graffiti; and £40,000 in 2001 to create the new pre-school playground in part of the One O'Clock Club's area.  The funding came from Connecting Stockwell Regeneration Budget and Lambeth Education Directive Play & Sports Improvement Programme.

2007 - Improvements to the Wandsworth Road entrance funded by European Union Funds for Wandsworth Road.
 
2007 -  Five aside football pitch and Basketball Court funded by Football Association/Sports England/European Union Development Fund and Nike Sports Equipment.
 
2007 - Children's Playground adjacent to tennis courts.
 
2011 - Outdoor gym funded by Community Spaces Big Lottery fund.
 
2012 - New tennis courtsfunded by Section 106 funds from Southbank University building conversion to residential units.
 
2012 - Trial seeded meadow grass area by Priory Grove funded by Lambeth Parks. 
 
2013 - The Priory Grove entrance was re-designed, funded by Lambeth Highways.
 

Events

The Friends have organised three extremely popular fairs for the Park: the first Fun Day in September, 1998; The Millennium Fair in June, 2000; and the second Fun Day in June 2001. The main annual event is now the Stockwell Festival, organised by the Stockwell Partnership and funded by Lambeth.