Friends Association forms to improve playground

Group want to improve facilities at Strand-on-the-Green Rec


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A group of local residents is forming a Friends Association to raise funds and improve facilities at the Strand on the Green Recreation Ground.

This park, situated just off Thames Road and within a couple of hundred metres of Strand on the Green school, is a popular playground and playing field for local children, but has had little investment in recent years. The limited equipment is old and worn, graffiti covers the walls and furniture and, as the trains rattle past on two sides of the field, the whole park feels run down and somewhat depressing.

Led by local mother Colette Connors and with the support of Hounslow Council, the Friends Association plans to raise funds and bring together volunteers to clean up the graffiti, clear weeds and rubbish, improve the range of play equipment, plant more shrubs and generally encourage more community use and care of the park.

The group hope to arrange fundraising events in the park this Autumn and get started immediately with a clean-up operation while seeking funds for more substantial improvements in the near future.

More Friends and volunteers are needed to make this happen, and anyone with an interest in the park (whether as a parent, dog walker or just a local resident who likes the space) is invited to get involved. A launch meeting open to anyone who is interested is being held at 8.30pm Tuesday 13th September on the first floor at the Café Rouge on Thames Road.


September 9, 2005