Celebrating the restoration of Alexandra Road Park
Local residents, representatives from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Camden councillors celebrated the restoration of Alexandra Road Park on Thursday 3 September.
The park, a modernist gem located in the centre of the Grade II* listed Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, has undergone a £1.5m over the past year, thanks to National Lottery players. This project, led by a partnership between local residents and the Council, was supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund.
Blondel Cluff, Chair of the London Committee of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:
“Alexandra Road Park is a valuable stretch of mature green space encouraging wildlife that is all too often excluded from built-up, urban cities, to the area. It is also a vital resource for local residents, especially children and young people, who now have the use of four brand new playgrounds.”
“Everyone deserves a green space like Alexandra Road Park and I am delighted to see so many people visiting. The restoration has been very much resident-led and I hope more local residents and visitors from further afield will get involved with the park and ensure it is a lively and vibrant place.”
Designed by estate architect Neave Brown with Janet Jack as landscape architect in the 1970s, the park provides a unique modernist landscape that is innovative in allowing children, adults and older people to explore a range of different environments, from four sheltered play areas to suit children of different ages to grassy banks and tranquil corners.
The restoration project was a joint initiative between the Alexandra and Ainsworth Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, the Friends of Alexandra Road Park and Camden Council. Activities and events in the park will continue over the next three years and will be publicised at: www.lovecamden.org.uk
Photo shows Elizabeth Knowles, Chair of the Friends of Alexandra Road Park, Councillor Larraine Revah, Mayor of Camden, and Claude James, Chair of Alexandra and Ainsworth Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.