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24 Jul 2009
Newham has already seen a whopping £2.2 million invested in its parks and now, another multi-million investment over three years to give residents green spaces to be proud of. The measures will effect various areas of the borough and be a major part of the Mayor's promise to improve Newham's parks and play areas. The plans are as follows:
  • Gooseley Playing Fields in East Ham will receive a £1.25 million upgrade providing new play areas, outdoor furniture, building refurbishment and landscaping for the entire park.
  • The Keir Hardie Recreation Grounds will have a similar £875,000 upgrade which will cover improvements to play areas, new exercise equipment, new paths and trim trails.
  • £720,000 has been allocated for Odessa Road Open Space in Forest Gate, Little Ilford Park in Manor Park, Plaistow Park and Lister Gardens in Plaistow and Memorial Recreation Grounds in Canning Town for new play areas.
  • 'Pocket Parks' on Chandos Road and Sandal Street in Stratford and Valleta Grove in Plaistow will receive £660,000 in improvements.
  • Star Park in Canning Town and Priory Park in Green Street will be given £590,000 for new play areas and equipment.
  • Canning Town Recreation Ground is going to get £330,000 for Landscaping and a trim trail.
  • There will also be over £3 million allocated for building repairs across the borough such as changing rooms, pavilions and public sporting amenities. 
Sir Robin Wales commented that 'this investment will give back open spaces to residents and provide areas for kids to get outside and have fun while getting active and healthy'. Labour's investment in health transcends the NHS. To make health in Newham congruent to rest of London, the encouragement of healthy living is a must. High quality parks and open spaces are vital so people can have the opportunity to live this lifestyle. Look out for the rest of the Mayor's £24 million investment in the local environment. 

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