Barnes Green has been transformed into a more accessible space for the borough’s dementia sufferers, as part of a “Friendly Parks for All” project.
Storyteller Vanessa Wolf was the headline act of the spruced up park, and provided the first of many activities designed to appeal to people with dementia over the course of the summer.
Events touching on memory, mindfulness, and craft sessions are planned as part of a programme of ‘dementia friendly’ activities.
Richmond Council's assistant director for contracts and leisure, Ishbel Murray, said: “We hope the improvements we have made at Barnes Green will benefit the health and well-being of people with dementia so they can continue to enjoy our parks.”
In response to a consultation between Richmond Council and the Richmond Dementia Action Alliance, the new Friendly Park features newly resurfaced paths, a more accessible pond area, and additional benches installed.
More is planned for the relaunched park, in the form of interpretation boards providing information of the park’s history, totem pole meeting points and entrance/exit markers.
Alongside Barnes Green’s relaunch, the council have also started work to improve Heathfield Recreation Ground, with upgrades taking place over the next few months.