Greening the Park was a campaign to convert the contractors’ yard at College Gate into a car park so the park could be traffic-free – at the time, cars could drive all around the Carriage Drive and park indiscriminately, which spoilt people’s the enjoyment of the park.
The campaign was launched in May 2001 with a traffic-free Fun Day, which showed how peaceful the park could be without traffic. Over 1000 laps of the park were completed by cyclists, runners and pram-pushers. Local councillors, Tessa Jowell MP and local headteachers all gave their support, and over 1,000 signatures were presented to Southwark Council.
We worked with the Council on the scheme and proposals for the disabled and elderly to continue to access the park. Dulwich Park Friends raised £20,000 towards the new car park, which was opened in October 2003.