Hundreds of excited children from in and around South Kilburn got to be the first ones to play in Woodhouse Urban Park after it officially opened to the public on the warm and sunny day of Saturday 7 May.
The opening event was attended by the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Lesley Jones MBE and the Leader of Brent Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt as well as Brent Council's lead member for Housing and Development, Cllr Margaret McLennan and South Kilburn's local ward members (Cllr John Duffy, Cllr Rita Conneely and the newly elected Cllr Barbara Pitruzzella).
As well as getting to enjoy the new park in the sunshine, attendees were treated to music from a steel band, face-painting, ice cream, a Punch and Judy show and a raffle.
The 0.2 hectare park was designed in consultation with local residents and features modern, robust wooden play equipment such as swings and climbing frames, new seating areas, a varied landscaped design, new trees and new planting. It also includes footpaths linking Albert Road to Denmark Road.
The park has been delivered as part of the council's South Kilburn Regeneration Programme which is transforming the area.
The regeneration programme will see around 2,400 new homes delivered - half of which will be made available to existing secure tenants of South Kilburn, along with new shops, a new primary school and new health facilities.
Cllr Butt, Leader of Brent Council said: "The turnout on Saturday was fantastic and the weather was great too. The children were thrilled to be playing in the park on its official open day after patiently waiting during construction.
"Woodhouse Urban Park is a stunning new open space which sits in the heart of the transformation of South Kilburn. It was designed in consultation with local residents so that they can feel a sense of ownership over it and take pride in it as their own community space.
"The regeneration programme in South Kilburn really is making the area a better place to live. It is delivering thousands of high quality new homes and new community facilities. You can really see the transformation taking shape now."
You can read more about the park on the Woodhouse Urban Park page.
To become a 'Friend of Woodhouse Urban Park' contact Reena@SouthKilburnTrust.org call 020 7328 1199.