Myatt's Fields Park, south London - chat, photos and more

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by liberty, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    its a great little place :) one of my locals and one of my favourites
  2. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    :cool: @ the park threads.

    one more for the list! I actually noticed the entrance to Ruskin the other day :D
  3. paulet

    paulet New Member

  4. ShiftyBagLady

    ShiftyBagLady Thinks she is a flower to be looked at

    thats cool, ive never noticed the paddling pool thing!
    they are supposed to be jazzing the place up arent tehy? redisigning and building a new one o'clock club and playground, even a good two years and although the were awarded some funding it doesnt seem to be happening.
  5. appregator

    appregator New Member

    Really nice park. The all weather football pitch is nice too, or at least it was. Used to take my little brothers there on a sunday morning tons of people would go. Then a drug dealer saying he was gonna shoot people :(
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    editor Forked with electrons

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  8. snowy_again

    snowy_again Slush

    How's the albino squirrel doing?
  9. MrSki

    MrSki Who am I to say you're wrong

    He's a crack head now I'm afraid.
  10. madolesance

    madolesance Well-Known Member

    Gentrification! Not so long ago Myatts Fields was fairly run down and un-loved, but people got together and changed it. Perhaps money from grants/ council, but usually it's the hard work from the people living near by and others who can make a real difference.
  11. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    The park was given £3.5m from the lottery including a contribution from the council about 5 years ago. At the time I was sceptical about how such a large amount of money would be spent, but it's good. There's a brilliant new kids play area with water fountains, play equipment and kids-only toilets. There are new eco toilets for adults on the other side of the park. All the railings and edgings have been redone. The 5 a side football pitch has been resurfaced with new fencing around it. The bandstand and greenhouse have been renovated. The little cafe has been reopened. Community greenhouses are up and running and a Park Manager has been employed to arrange events (mostly stuff for kids and older people.) I think the tennis courts were resurfaced too.

    So all in all, a good job. (Nothing to do with gentrification imo.)

    I'm still amazed how many people there are who live locally who aren't aware of this park. Great place to take a few mates for their first visit and give them a nice surprise :)

    The worse thing about that little area is the loss of the two pubs in the past few years - the Prince of Wales and the Paulet Arms :(
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  12. Boudicca

    Boudicca Seaside Queen

    I saw last year they were doing a kids overnight camping event, which seemed a little bit daft for central London, but probably great fun too!
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  13. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

  14. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Myatt's Field is one of my favourite parks.. just love it there. The kids' play area is excellent - the cafe is just right, lots of really nice and well pitched events.
  15. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    I grew up next to the park from 7 - 17. Walked through it to and from school every day from when I was 11. Walked my dog there. Had my first kiss there. Got the scar and dent in my eyebrow from there (17 stitches). Got flashed there. Convinced people I could see a ghost there.

    Myatts field park is my childhood!!!!
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  16. wtfftw

    wtfftw melting like a toastie

    Was my local park from 6 to 19. :)

    I'm pleased by the pictures and attention (and funding).
  17. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

  18. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    Yes the kids area is really excellent now - stuff for kids of all ages. The fountains are really good (and they usually work, unlike the ones in Brockwell Park.)
  19. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    Fantastic park, especially after the revamp.
  20. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    probably because they worked out that sand and water filters do not make a good match!
  21. Me76

    Me76 Not very good lurker

    Me and two friends walking home from school when we were about 13. Stereotypical flasher with brown mac. We found it hysterical. Got home still giggling and told my mum who called the police immediately. I think they got him.
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  22. Badgers

    Badgers Mr Big Shrimp!

    It is a great park, we are really lucky to live so close to it. Really should use it more and will make an effort too this summer. Last night we went down with the (borrowed) dog and a bottle of wine and had a lovely time.
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  23. brixtonscot

    brixtonscot Well-Known Member

    I worked in Myatts Field park as a gardener from 1979 - 1983. I was living on Cowley Estate and was told by Social Security that if I didn't get a job I would be sent to a "work discipline camp" - so I went along to Myatts and asked the manager if there was any jobs ... and he said "start tomorow"
  24. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin

    We should bring those back
  25. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    It's already here. It's called the Work Programme, courtesy of the DWP. Aka unpaid work, aka slave labour.
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  26. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin

    But presumably those on the programme recieve housing benefit and a number of other payments?
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  28. Greebo

    Greebo 'scuse me, Mrs May, can I have my country back? R.I.P.

    Not from the body benefitting from the work.
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  29. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin

    For me, benefits paid for no return is not as good as benefits paid for a small return to a company (regardless of who they are).
  30. editor

    editor Forked with electrons

    Be nice if this thread about Myatt's Field park would be for actually discussing Myatt's Field park.

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