New sports facilities, an improved play area, more planting, improved biodiversity and better grassed areas are key features of new proposals for Shoreditch Park, which the Council is asking residents to have their say on.

The designs have been developed as part of the £2m project to improve Shoreditch Park for local people, and follow a consultation last year in which 1,600 people told the Council how they would like to see the park improved.

Landscape architects LUC have now developed designs for local people to have their say on, which include improved grassed areas, a new multi-use games area for basketball and football, an outdoor gym, and more trees, hedgerows, wildflowers and habitats to increase biodiversity in the park.

The play area will also be replaced under the proposals, with new seating and social areas, new entrances and a new perimeter running track introduced.

The consultation will also ask people for their views on the naming of a new public square outside the new Britannia Leisure Centre.

Local people can have their say on the proposals online and in writing, with all residents in the area receiving a consultation pack in the post.

Work to improve the park has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic but, subject to the consultation and ongoing social distancing guidance, work could start in summer next year.

Cllr Jon Burke, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, said: “We’re committed to investing in our parks and green spaces because we know the transformative effect they can have on physical and mental health.

“Over 1,600 people had their say in the first stage of engagement with local people on our £2m project to improve the park, showing the value the community places on their local park.

“We’ve now developed designs based on local people’s views – creating a greener, safer and more biodiverse space that we hope will reinvigorate the park for future generations. I’d urge local people to have their say on the plans.”

Local residents can have their say at https://shoreditchpark.commonplace.is/ or by returning the questionnaire which will be sent to residents in early October 2020.

The consultation closes on 11 November.