A community park co-designed by students is now open in Barking.

Everdove Park, a project our Landscape team have been collaborating on with Be First Regeneration Limited and Willmott Dixon as part of our redevelopment in Gascoigne, is now open to the public.

The park is a space designed and built-in collaboration with Greatfields School students in a series of volunteer days to help transform the park, following a series of design workshops. The site is intended for all ages to play, socialise, do art and sculpture and learn about history and storytelling.

The co-design process included four workshops with HTA that focused on the students generating ideas, learning how they can be implemented, conducting site visits and first expressions of the space, and designing the realistic site layout. The illustrative plan was drawn from the workshops and how the site can create an inclusive space for everyone.

Sadia Ur-Rehman, Community Engagement Lead at Be First, “Everdove Park truly is the result of fantastic community input and inspiration from young people. The name of the park not only truly reflects the history of the area, but as the dove symbolises peace and the ‘ever’ refers to everyone, as the park is open to all. It reflects our commitment to inclusivity in making a better Gascoigne.”

Mark Donaldson, Senior Associate at HTA said:'“It was incredibly rewarding working with the talented students of Greatfields School and seeing their design become a reality”.

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