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New Wandle bridge marks park milestone in the area of Croydon Old Town

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An 11-tonne ornamental bridge has been lifted into place in the latest milestone development for the £3.8 million transformation of Croydon's Wandle Park.

The structure now spans the River Wandle, which has been returned to the surface at the park after being buried underground as part of a 1967 flood-prevention scheme.

Other changes to the 8.5 hectare park include the addition of a bandstand, a skate park and new ball-games courts.

A new sports pavilion with a café and toilets is also due to be built before the park work is fully completed this summer.

Councillor Phil Thomas, Croydon's cabinet member for highways and environmental services, said the new bridge brought the park's transformation a step closer to completion.

"Wandle Park is rapidly coming back to life and will soon be a fantastic destination for people who want to enjoy its great new facilities – or simply unwind with a walk along the riverbanks," he said.

Work at the park is being funded by Croydon Council, the Mayor of London, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Section 106 planning-gain contributions from developers behind nearby schemes.


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