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Park is sign of good things to come

PUBLISHED: 17:33 07 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010

Kilburn Grange: Open to all

Kilburn Grange: Open to all

by Alex Wellman A park that was once a haven for street drunks and anti-social thugs is coming out of the dark and presenting itself to the public. Kilburn Grange Park in Messina Avenue, Kilburn, has been forging a reputation as a place

by Alex Wellman

A park that was once a haven for street drunks and anti-social thugs is coming out of the dark and presenting itself to the public.

Kilburn Grange Park in Messina Avenue, Kilburn, has been forging a reputation as a place for families and fun for more than a year and Camden Council hopes more people will use it after erecting a number of signs to let them know it is there.

A former entrance on Grangeway has also been reopened after police and council agreed that park was no longer a street drinkers' paradise.

Residents, councillors and traders have long pleaded for more signs to inform people that the 'hidden gem' is just a stones throw away from Kilburn High Road, and two have now appeared on Kilburn High Road and West End Lane.

Cllr James King, Kilburn ward, said: "We have got two or three things that the council are doing to increase the number of people to able to take advantage of the park.

"Kilburn is always bustling with people and it is great to have this wonderful open space where we can all relax and enjoy living in central London.

"As a park it is really on the radar of the council. People asked us to open the gate and make more signs and we have done that. This is the sign of a council that listens.

"The problems of two or three years ago have now gone and I have had a number of people saying to me how nice the park is and how much it has changed."

The park is the home to the annual Kilburn Festival and is due to have thousands of pounds splashed on it to provide a new adventure playground.

Council chiefs are still calling on members of the public to get involved with ensuring the future success of the park by creating a Friends of Kilburn Grange.

Anyone wanting to join should call 020 79748280 or email gabi.howard@camden.gov.uk

alex.wellman@archant.co.uk

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