After the war the park went in to decline and became a bit of a no go area especially after dark as there was no lighting.
In the 80s a group of concerned residents got together to establish The Friends of Norwood Park.
The Friends were officially set up in March 1998 for the benefit of the public to secure, preserve and protect the development and improvement of the park.
This led to the establishment 10 years ago in April of the unique country walk. Local man John Cotter has worked tirelessly to provide this amenity for the whole community.
Today the park boasts an array of fantastic amenities including a water play area, country walk, cafe, and sporting facilities.
The funding for the water play area was mostly raised by the Friends and despite problems with the construction contract which was overseen by Lambeth Council the facility once fully in use in the summer is expected to be a popular addition to the park.
We want to make our park even better and as part of a management review The Friends have come up with a five year plan for future amenities and facilities for the park.
It is key to the success of the park that the local community is involved in this decision process. Funding is extremely limited so many projects will only be able to go ahead with funding raised through grants or donations.
Consulting local youths groups about what facilities they want in the parkA bid has been put in for an outdoor gym and outdoor table tennis Funding to enlarge the cafe facilities is being soughtInvestigating enhancing the multi-use games area so that it also accommodates basketball, tennis and netball courts as well as looking at the possibility of providing all weather surfaceThe Friends are exploring ideas for the the disused paddling areaEstablishing in conjunction with the Safer Neighbourhood Team a park watch initiative involving dog walkers in a bid to make the park saferUpdating the panoramic sign to include recent London skyline changes
Funding has already been allocated for the following:Developing a pond or wetlandImproving signage and making the entrances to the park more welcoming
One of the core aims of The Friends is to promote the park as being a place of historic open space, as well as preserving it as a safe place of ecological and environmental interest, where local people can come with their children and enjoy play facilities or take place in sporting activities
The Friends work in conjunction with Lambeth Council to make the park a safer environment for local people to visit.
The Friends hold regular meetings and an Annual General Meeting in October.
Committee members are as follows:
Hippolyte Grigg (Chairman)Andrea Perry (Vice Chairman)Mary Sexton (Treasurer)Janet Grigg (Secretary)David McVieRosemarie FalaiyeMargaret JackmanChris TwomeyMaureen McVieIrene KimmMavis GoulbourneAidan HardyJohn Cotter, Associated Member and Chairman
of the Norwood Park Wild Life Team