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Twinkle Park  
Twinkle Park, formally known as Hughes Fields Recreation Grounds, was a derelict and neglected local authority play area. The proposal to redevelop the Park was begun in 1992 by local residents from the nearby Rowley House. They invited Greenwich Mural Workshop (GMW) to work with them to propose designs for a refurbished park.

A Steering Group was set up to oversee the development of the project. The group included the local tenants association, Greenwich Council, Hughes Field Primary School, the local adventure playground and GMW. The Group was later expanded to include Greenwich Council architects, who were in charge of the expansion of Hughes Field School, which meant the school’s expansion could be fitted into the needs of the wider community, and an officer from the Creekside Building Bridges Single Regeneration Budget programme. The project provided the opportunity to develop an open space which served both the needs of the local community and the school.

Twinkle Park underwent a complete transformation. From a derelict and neglected space in 1992, it now boasts extensive wildlife gardens, a large pond, a floodlit ball game area, a play boat and a specially designed gazebo.

Surrounded by several 40 metre-high, 100 year old Plane trees, it was the first of the Creekside Renewal programme’s environmental schemes to be completed. Formally opened in June 1999 by Nick Raynsford MP, Minister for London, Twinkle Park provides a dual function of public open space and, during school hours, one half of the space provides playground facilities for Hughes Field School.

The Park is an excellent example of how a local community, in partnership with the local aurthority and local businesses, can make a genuine contribution to the design of a local open space.

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