Many of you will remember Winter Wonderland 2011. Merton Council has been approached by an applicant wishing to set up an ice rink and other attractions in the park during the winter of 2013. Doug Napier, the council’s Greenspaces Manager, was not happy with the last such event in the park, but he believes the current proposal is of higher quality with a ‘real ice’ skating rink, changing facilities and a German market.

Whilst many are not happy with these events generally, FOWP recognises that there is a need to look at commercial proposals as there is always pressure on finances. However these should not be detrimental to existing wildlife and facilities, and should be of high quality.

After some discussion the most likely position for the event is inside the athletics track.

Please have a look at the Winter Wonderland Proposal and let us have your thoughts via your residents associations.

The formal response to Merton of the Executive Committee of FOWP can be seen here.