- Lloyd Park will be opening next week! We’re expecting to open the park on Friday 27 July. Unfortunately, due to all the rain, it’s likely that the following won’t be ready by this date:
o Aveling Centre (including café and toilets)
o Part or all of the play area
o Pathway just north of the moat (not Clay Path)
o Area around Winns Terrace Gate South.
These areas will remain fenced off until works to them are finished. We can’t be definite because we’re not sure how the weather and ground conditions will be over the next week. We know how much you’ve all missed the park, so apologies again for the delays. It looks amazing on site though, so hopefully you’ll think it worth the wait. Please don’t be tempted to use parts that are fenced off. Grass and planting needs time to establish properly (even though it looks ready). If it’s used before it settles, it will get damaged. It’ll then look horrible and need replacing in the autumn (at further cost).Toilets will be available in the William Morris Gallery from Thursday 2 August, when the Gallery re-opens. There’ll be a new restoration works update uploaded to the website soon, if you want more information: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park
- The park now has a new Head Gardener who’ll be in charge of keeping the garden areas of the park looking fantastic, including working with volunteers to maintain the William Morris garden (see below).
- The Friends of Lloyd Park have successfully raised money to get jogging markers installed. If you enjoy a run in the park, you’ll soon be able to keep track of how far you’ve gone.
- Lloyd Park Young Champions is a group of 16-24 year-olds, who meet twice monthly to develop park activities for young people and get skills and experience for their CV. They’re planning music, sports, arts activities & more and are welcoming new members.
- We participated in the RSPB’s sparrow count and found a total of 6 sparrows in the park. We’re going to be offering lots of opportunities to help improve the park for wildlife and learn more about nature. We’re looking after the new trees that everyone planted at the Community Tree Planting Day last year, with help from The Conservation Volunteers (a nature conservation charity).
- New facilities: Waltham Forest College will be running the new park café, which along with the toilets, will be open for longer hours. As soon as the new community room and new community bowls pavilion are up-and-running they’ll be available to hire. Full details will be provided on the website, once they’re confirmed:www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park .The artist studios will also be up for hire again, please contact me if you’d like to know more.
2. Events and activities
- Jazz Picnic: The Friends of Lloyd Park are putting on their brilliant annual event again this year. Join them on Sunday 5 August, from 1-5pm to enjoy jazz and a bbq in the park’s green surroundings.
- T-Shirt Printing for Young People: Sunday 5 August 1-3pm. At the Lloyd Park Centre. Run by the Lloyd Park Young Champions. Find out more: email@example.com
- Join In Tai Chi: Have the Olympics inspired you to get more active? Join Shaolin Gong Fu City for free, fun tai chi taster sessions. Sunday 19 August, 10-11.30am. All abilities and ages (5+) welcome. Women-only session available indoors. Meet at the Walthamstow Borough Bowls Club. Further info:firstname.lastname@example.org 07713 152 999
- Sports Day for Young People: 22 July, 12-4pm. On the Fields. Run by the Lloyd Park Young Champions. Find out more: email@example.com
- Lloyd Park Celebration Event: celebrate your new park, with music, children’s entertainments and food. Re-discover what your park has to offer with a variety of activities and guided walks. Saturday 15 September. Further details will be posted here: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park
- Outreach sessions: Do you know, or run any groups for the following?
o Older people
o Young people
o People with disabilities
o People from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds
o People who are LGBT
We’re offering discovery activities to help people feel comfortable in their new park and find out what benefits it offers. Please see attached poster.
3. Spotlight on… Lloyd Park Management Group
There are lots of people involved in managing and maintaining Lloyd Park. We’re all passionate about keeping the park to the highest standards. Every three months we get together to discuss issues & opportunities and make sure our work is co-ordinated. In our group, we’ve got green space officers, park keepers, Head Gardener, Friends of Lloyd Park, bowling clubs, Green Gym co-ordinator (see below), Dog Enforcement Team manager, ward Councillors, Safer Neighbourhood Teams, William Morris Gallery and Waltham Forest College (who run the café). We’re always keen to know what people think about their park, so we can continue to improve it. You can give us your feedback (good and bad) via GreenSTAT: www.greenstat.org.uk/
Volunteering opportunities in Lloyd Park will be starting up again, once the park opens.
- Gardening volunteering: help keep the William Morris garden looking great. Starting October 2012. Apr-Sept: every first & third Thursday of the month. Oct-Mar: every first Thursday of the month. Meet at the William Morris garden (near the Forest Road gate). A great opportunity to get outdoors, meet new people, get new skills & knowledge, improve your health & well-being , be part of your community and care for your park.
- Green Gym: Take part in nature conservation activities and improve your health at the same time. Dates and times to be confirmed. Find out more here: http://www2.tcv.org.uk/display/london_wforest
- Friends of Lloyd Park: The Friends always welcome new members, who want to help improve their park or run community events.
For a full list of opportunities, please visit: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park
Keep up-to-date at: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/lloyd-park
Find out what’s on at the William Morris Gallery: www.wmgallery.org.uk/