Portfolio- King George’s Park

King George’s Park

Background

The importance of green spaces in densely populated areas such as London is increasingly clear. Enable Culture and Leisure, a social enterprise established in October 2015 to manage leisure, sports, arts and cultural services for Wandsworth Council, wanted to take a long-term view of the management and maintenance of key green spaces including King George’s Park.

They appointed CFP alongside LUC to establish priorities for the next ten-year period.

Our Role

We established a list of stakeholders, including Wandsworth Council and Enable staff, park concession holders and others and engaged with them for an initial view of issues and constraints for the site

Taking this insight, we worked with the client consultation team to run a wide ranging online survey to explore the way the park is currently used; any issues experiences and changes people would like to see in the future.  We coordinated promotion of the consultation to ensure a strong response rate.

We ran focussed workshops with wider stakeholder groups including allotment holders, sports users, schools and third sector organisations to focus in on issues identified, possible solution and prioritisation.

When a plan had been formed we ran a drop-in exhibition to provide a consensus check around the draft proposals. As well as a well-attended event we again placed the material online, contacting all those previously engaged in the process.

Outcomes and Results

The Management and Maintenance Plan for King George’s Park was adopted by Wandsworth Council in 2018.

The consultancy team were thanked for the creation of a plan which tackled conflicts and pressures for the space and presented a positive and achievable plan for the next ten years and beyond. Following production of the report the team were further commissioned to deliver the same service for other Enable managed spaces including Wandsworth Common.

For more of our work on consultation and engagement please follow the link.

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