Plans for one of London’s first new public parks for decades have been revealed, as Wembley Park opens the first section of a new open space for the capital – and the first time Wembley Park will have a new major park for 127 years.
Unveiling the plans for the seven-acre Union Park is the latest milestone in developer Quintain’s multi-billion-pound regeneration of Wembley Park, which is now a globally renowned entertainment district, as well as a thriving 365-day neighbourhood.
While the developer has created public spaces, including pocket parks and water features, throughout the neighbourhood, Union Park will be a destination in itself, featuring brand new amenities including a children’s paddling pool, outdoor training equipment and cultural spaces for performances and public art.
The new Union Park has been designed with community at its heart: a place where residents and visitors will be able to experience nature, enjoy unique water features, engage with play areas and performance spaces in a prime location, steps away from the iconic Olympic Way and National Stadium. The Park is being developed on the site of a 1,000+ space car and coach park, which will be moved to a state-of-the-art, multi-storey car park nearby. Union Park’s central location - moments away from Wembley Park tube station - will allow visitors easy access to fresh air and green space.
The southern section of the park, now open, is an attractive space for children and families to play. The north section of the park will feature a more ruggedly natural design and is expected to open in 2024.
Julian Tollast, Head of Masterplanning and Design at Quintain, said: “We have put the park back into Wembley Park – as it was always meant to be. Union Park, Wembley Park’s first significant new green space since the 1870s, is so named because we want it to be a place for the community: a space where people can come together and enjoy nature. The past year and a half have shown, clearer than ever, how important it is that we all have access to natural and wide-open green spaces.”
Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning at Brent Council, Councillor Shama Tatler, said: “Our vision for Wembley Park has always had the wellbeing of our communities and sustainability at its core.
“We have worked in partnership with Quintain to make sure a fantastic new neighbourhood is delivered. Access to nature and green spaces has never been more important and plays a crucial role in protecting and supporting mental health and wellbeing, which is why we worked hard to ensure the provision of good quality spaces throughout the area.
“Union Park, spanning almost seven-acres, is a key feature of our transformation plan, carefully designed to ensure our residents and visitors have an abundance of space to relax, play, exercise and reconnect with their natural surroundings.”