Good News! Upgrade for William Clarke Park

There will soon be new play equipment, surfacing, pathways, and fencing at William Clarke Park in Elm Grove.

The £53,000 upgrade is expected to be completed in time for Patchfest spring festival on the 22nd and 23rd of April, which will see residents enjoying live music from local artists, a barbeque, and a day of sporting activities.

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The good news comes at a time when the parks department at Brighton and Hove city council is under immense financial strain; its budget will shrink by£60,000 (15 per cent) by 2020. Funding for the renovation project has come from contributions the council secures from developers as part of planning applications.

Chair of the environment committee Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to improve a park at a time when budgets are so tight. Getting funding from external sources and the work of these fantastic friends groups will become increasingly important in future.”

William Clarke Park has a strong historical value as well as being a much-loved community hub. Sitting on a former railway cutting site, it is named after former Brighton mayor, councillor and railway worker Mr Clarke.

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