Dean Gardens is changing
We are undertaking ambitious improvements to the park, encouraging active travel and making the park a safer, greener, and more enjoyable space. We also want to ensure that the park is strongly rooted in the community, which will be loved and well used by the people in West Ealing. Kinnear Landscape Architects, Project Centre and Sustrans and New Practice have been commissioned by Ealing Council to design and facilitate the transformation of Dean Gardens.
For the past year we have been developing the Live West Ealing Project to transform your streets and green spaces to make them healthier and more pleasant. Because of the Covid19 pandemic the Transport for London funding for this project has understandably been frozen, but at the same time use of the park has risen dramatically. The existing park facilities have suffered from even more wear and tear than usual and we’ve also seen extremely high levels of littering.
We therefore would like to hear your views on a range of small-scale park improvements we are proposing that could be carried out in 2021 using separate funding contributions for this park coming from nearby developments. These are works that could be carried out without closing the park and without affecting the longer-term proposals for the park refurbishment.
Dean Gardens provides West Ealing with vital green space where residents and workers can exercise, relax and eat lunch, and a place where children, young people and their families can come to play and explore nature. How can we make it better?
We still have aspirations to deliver long term improvements to Dean Gardens – these may include a new play area, new community gardens, an upgrade of lighting, improvements to the park’s boundaries, and a new kiosk. We are asking your opinion on what the priorities for any future changes to the park would be.
New play area
New children’s play equipment will be a mix of steel and sturdy timber (like at Walpole parks play area). It will provide an exciting range of play activities for children of all ages and abilities and includes multi play units for both older and younger children, a nest swing and a tyre swing, trampolines, a seesaw, a wide slide and a tubular slide, climbing nets and balance trail.
New community gardens
The new Dean Gardens will introduce a dedicated growing spaces which will offer a new type of community led gardening in the park. You will be able to come and meet, learn gardening skills and help to look after several dedicated community beds. We’ll be supporting volunteers interested in community growing with a range of activities and training. This area will also have seating, drinking water fountain, outdoor gym equipment and space for small refreshments van or kiosk.
New street lighting throughout the park will make it feel safer at night. Good lighting and CCTV will encourage more people to come in and use the park after school during the winter months. The lighting will have a soft golden tone that is least likely to disturb birds and moths.
Lighting concept for Dean Gardens
The old boundary railings will be replaced with 1m high timber post and wire fencing set into wide planting beds, rain gardens and low hedges along the park boundaries. This will open up views into the park whilst creating a green buffer between the park and the busy roads.
Ealing Council is looking at the option to install a temporary or permanent kiosk in Dean Gardens close to Leeland Terrace and the new community garden. This could be run by a local community group or leased to a local business to provide sales of teas and coffees, a cycle repair workshop, a base for the community gardeners to store equipment, and to act as a base for other community activities. Watch this space for more news about this idea!
View these useful documents to see how the project has evolved:
For more information regarding our plans for West Ealing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the first phase of works can be found in the consultation leaflet below: