Spruced-up Islington park puts anti-social behaviour off-limits
By JulieGK | Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 11:45
Residents are celebrating the transformation of Hillside Park into a bright new space for residents.
Islington park is given a facelift,
The park, in the north of Islington, has new natural play features for children, a new ball games area, wildflower-covered hillocks and new expanses of grass.
In recent years the park had suffered from
anti-social behaviour including illicit drinking, drug-taking, and late-night
Now work has been carried out to make the park more
open and visible - including removing walls, pruning heavy shrubs and improving
lighting - and deter trouble-makers.
Cllr Catherine West, leader of Islington Council,
joined residents, Caxton After School Children's Club, and local councillors to
celebrate work being finished.
She said: "We're on the side of residents and
committed to both cutting crime and making sure people have decent parks and
"This work has transformed Hillside Park into a
beautiful area for people of all ages to enjoy.
"It's also now much less attractive for anti-social
behaviour and low-level crime."
As part of the day children planted meadow and
woodland plug plants which will flourish next spring into summer.
They also tried "tree listening" - literally
listening to the sounds trees make - with artist Alex Metcalf.