Barking Park Restoration and Improvement Project developed from the production of the borough's Parks and Green Spaces Strategy in 2003 which highlighted the need for Barking Park to be restored and enhanced.
The Borough does not have the funds to undertake this work and therefore external funding was sought to ensure this work could be completed.
The Heritage Lottery Fund's Public Park Initiative was therefore approached, and the borough was encouraged to submit a bid for the restoration and improvement of Barking Park.
After securing a Stage 1 pass in 2006, a Development Grant of £245,000 was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund under this initiative for further studies and plans to be completed, and for the plans to be revised.
These were completed by June 2007, and submitted as part of a Stage 2 bid to Heritage Lottery Fund, who awarded funding of £3,254,000 to Barking Park in February 2008 for its restoration and improvement.
Work started on the project in August 2010, and was completed in Spring on 2012. A weekend of events celebrated it's official opening, including a ribbon cutting ceremony and a Play in the Park event.