A 32-acre park is coming to south London – the capital’s first new public park since the 2012 Olympics.

Springfield Park will include children’s play areas, informal sports areas with an amphitheatre for casual audiences, a cafe, a “trim trail”, formal gardens and wetland areas for wildlife.

The scheme is part of the total redevelopment of Springfield Hospital in Tooting, which Wandsworth Council initially rejected but was approved in 2012 after the developer appealed to the government.

Planning applications chairman Cllr Will Sweet said: “We have been able to secure a wonderful new green space for all our residents in Wandsworth.

“The new park will cater for all tastes and activities. Parts of it will be quiet and tranquil spaces while others will lend themselves much more to sports and leisure activities.

“We were disappointed when the planning inspector in the appeal hearing in 2012 accepted that the development of the hospital site would mean the loss of its long-established golf course, but once that decision had been made, we needed to make sure that the new replacement space was as good as it possibly could be and that it would offer real benefits for the community, and I believe we have succeeded in that aim.”

While creating the park, the developer will plant 414 new trees, of 27 different species.

In plans submitted to the council, the developer claims the size of the park, “unrivalled in this part of the capital”, brings huge opportunities, adding: “However hard you kick the ball it’s not going over the fence here.”

The size allows formal gardens to be created alongside habitats to encourage wildlife, and there will be space for children to play in as well as for adults to play sports.

It is then suggested the park could host events such as street markets, fairs, flower shows and fun runs.

The whole 81-acre Springfield Hospital site, almost half of which will be taken up by the park, will eventually also have new medical facilities, shops, offices and nearly 900 new homes.