Plaque unveiled to praise the nation’s favourite park

To celebrate Victoria Park winning the People’s Choice Award and being crowned the nation’s favourite green space, a thank you reception was held at the park on November 29.

Organised by the Keep Britain Tidy’s Green Flag Plus Partnership, the event was attended by the Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy, Phil Barton, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman and Cllr Shahed Ali, cabinet member for Environment.

The Mayor unveiled a silver plaque symbolising the fantastic feat achieved by the park which has recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Mr Barton thanked the park’s staff and said: “It’s been voted for by the public, so that’s the biggest justification that this park is in fact the People’s Park.”

Mayor Lutfur Rahman added: “I am delighted Victoria Park has been recognised nationally. This just proves the refurbishment investment work we have done has rejuvenated the park. Victoria Park has always been popular and I look forward to welcoming new faces eager to find out what makes it so special.”

Richard Desmond, Chair of the Victoria Park Friends Group, put the win down to the fact that the park has an extensive range of facilities from children’s play areas, a skate park, bandstand and boating lake.

He said: “The award is an acknowledgement of how good the park is and how well the investment has worked for the park. I think the reason we have won is simple. Look at the scale of it, we pretty much have everything: football pitches, tennis courts, the oldest model boating club in the world, and that’s just to name a few.”

Mr Barton also presented Mile End Park and Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, which is owned by the council and managed by the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, awards for innovation.

Cllr Shahed Ali who recently picked up the Environmental Elected Member of the Year award for his contribution for improving the cleanliness of the borough, added: “This is a momentous day as it highlights that even in challenging times we still are focused in improving and maintaining our environment.”

December 7, 2012