First opened in 1890 by HRH the Prince of Wales, Vauxhall Park retains many of its original heritage features but also contains new ones including a popular children's playground, a Montessori Nursery, formal gardens and bedding, tennis and games courts, a lavender garden and a charming model village.
Located close to busy Vauxhall Cross with its interchange of trains, buses and roads, Vauxhall Park enjoys excellent communication and access links. However, it also offers residents and visitors alike with a quality green space to escape the demands and pressures of modern city living, and provides a safe and welcoming space for play, exercise and relaxation. A new cafe with toilets has given the park a strong customer focus, along with other customer-led improvements such as a relocated dog exercise area and upgraded tennis courts.
A new masterplan, developed in order to help allocate significant external capital funding allocated to the park, is now enabling important facilities to be improved or replaced. Capital funding of over £1,000.000 is replacing the children's playground with something parents, children and the whole community can be proud of, along with substantial improvements to the park's landscapes, fencing and points of access. Revenue funding is also providing additional staffing to help maintain and improve the park's horticultural standards and ensure it continues to provide colour and diversity for visitors as well as wildlife.
The restoration works, which are now ongoing, should be completed by spring 2020 ready for the park to fully reopen ready for the summer, and should ensure its future for many more generations of users to enjoy.