A park opened by Prince Albert 130 years ago is to be refurbished for the first time.
The facelift for Vauxhall Park comes in response to investment in nearby residential developments, increasing the population and park visitors.
Lambeth council says the budget is £1.4million.
Works started on September 2, and contractor Idverde expects is to continue for around five months.
Work includes upgrading paths and restoring the heritage railings along South Lambeth Road.
Builders will be updating the children’s play area, landscaping the dog area and refreshing the formal garden
Ryan Kruger, 43, of Wyvil Road, said: “With my son who has just turned 16 months, it’s great to have a park with a good play area and facilities for him that’s so close to home.”
Lambeth council said it was committed to providing green infrastructure which enhances the lives of people who live, work and play in the area.
Councillor Sonia Winifred, cabinet member for equalities and culture, said: “We’re investing in the park to make sure it’s safe for everyone.
“The new playground will provide a high-quality play experience, with a wide range of equipment to ensure children of all ages can get healthy outdoor exercise and be offered challenges.”
Temporary fencing will restrict access to clearly defined areas of the park during construction.
Access to and through the park will be maintained at all times.
There will be an increase in the number of vehicles entering the park from Lawn Lane.
Idverde said it would do its best to minimise the effects of vehicles, and any noise created during the works, and that it would keep locals updated with details.