London Borough of Barnet

Celebration marks successful completion of Dollis Valley Greenwalk

Published Monday 12 March 2012

The Mayor of Barnet, councillors and local school children joined together in a celebration event to mark the successful completion of the Dollis Valley Greenwalk.

Well wishers gathered round as the Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lisa Rutter, officially opened the new Riverside Walk Play area on Thursday 8 March.

The Riverside Walk and Windsor Open Space play areas have been transformed into fantastic new play facilities as part of the Dollis Valley Greenwalk project. Feedback from more than 200 school children and 50 online consultation forms were used to help shape the designs.

Dollis Valley Greenwalk was voted by the public to receive one of the ten grants of up to £400,000 as part of the Mayor of London’s ' Help a London Park ' scheme. An additional £250,000 was secured from Transport for London for cycle and footpath improvements, and £30,000 from Walk London to improve signs in the area.

After extensive consultation with residents and user groups it was decided money for the seven-mile walk would be used to improve footpaths and entrances, mark the route, create wild flower meadows, undertake river and pond enhancements, and install new furniture, bins and play equipment.

Councillor Brian Coleman, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: "The Dollis Valley Greenwalk is a backbone of the borough and very popular among our residents . I am very pleased this grant has allowed us to enhance it for future generations."

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London said: "I believe in protecting and enhancing our green spaces and am doing this through my Help a London Park scheme. Dollis Valley Greenwalk is a worthy recipient of our fund, helping to make the park greener and providing fantastic facilities for all the community."

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