Fans of Ashburton Park have some great opportunities to get involved with this popular green space, from shaping its future to simply enjoying the outdoors with family and friends.
Croydon Council has launched a competition to find a new name for the former library building within the park, which is set to reopen as a revamped community and learning hub this summer. New occupier Nisai is to operate an online school from the building, providing live interactive learning and services for students who are unable to attend mainstream schools. The modernised building will also be a valuable community hub, with spaces for hire and a full-time café, within which Nisai will secure apprenticeships and training for young people.
The winning name will be selected by a panel comprising local councillors, Friends of Ashburton Park and Nisai. The winner(s) will be invited to join the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Toni Letts, to see their new building name unveiled on 22 July. Entrants should email name ideas and the reasons for their suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 26 June.
Meanwhile, park users have the opportunity this weekend to help shape Ashburton’s future through a public feedback exercise taking place in the park on Sunday. Croydon Council is carrying out a parks masterplanning exercise to establish a vision for the future of Croydon’s 127 parks and open spaces. As part of the exercise, Ashburton is one of six Croydon parks taking part in a pilot project, to look at ways the council can ensure parks remain attractive and sustainable for future generations. Tyréns, one of Europe’s leading integrated urban planning and infrastructure design consultancies, will be in Ashburton Park between 11am and 3pm on Sunday (25 June) talking to park users about the draft plan that they have developed.
Next month, Ashburton Park is the venue for a community picnic event. On Saturday 22 July, from noon onwards, anyone can bring their food, family and friends, and join in an afternoon of fun activities. Further information is available at www.croydon.gov.uk/ashburtonpark.
“There are some great opportunities to get involved with one of Croydon’s parks. Croydon has fantastic open spaces and we want to make sure they are places our communities enjoy now and in generations to come. Ashburton Park is an important pilot project for us in planning for the future.
“So, if you are interested, please get involved – join in our competition; give your views on the draft plans – or just come along for a picnic next month.”
Councillor Timothy Godfrey, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport