Park development and improvements

Maintaining Parks

The council maintains a wide variety of landscapes in parks and other green spaces. Maintenance includes keeping the grass cut, pruning shrubs, roses and hedges and maintaining the flower beds.

The parks and open space service also carry out cleaning operations to empty bins and remove litter. Sadly, a few people drop litter in parks, spoiling the enjoyment of these spaces for everyone. Dropping litter is an offence that can incur an £80 fine.

Community park rangers regularly inspect Mile End Park and Victoria Park and Streetcare Officers regularly inspect all other parks to ensure that good standards are being maintained.

We are keen to continue improving our landscaping services, so if you feel any areas could be enhanced or if you have any comments please contact us.

Currently, 12 Tower Hamlets parks hold Green Flag awards. Find out more about Green Flag parks in Tower Hamlets.

Park development

There are currently major development projects in King Edward Memorial Park and Bartlett Park - visit these pages to find out all about them and read the latest updates.  For a list of other current development projects in our parks see below.

Making Plans for the People’s Parks - Shaping a vision for parks and open spaces in the South Isle of Dogs.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has commissioned architects and urban designers We Made That to develop a vision and feasibility study for key open spaces within South Isle of Dogs. The study includes a set of recommendations which aima to enhance green spaces by addressing key challenges and celebrating community assets and local character, whilst also ensuring the parks are accessible and inclusive to all. 

A public consultation took place in July 2019 and the council has now published a report with recommendations  and several appendices:

Appendix 1: urban appraisal

Appendix 2: what we have learnt from elsewhere

Appendix 3: best practice cards

Appendix 4: consultation and engagement

In the next few months the council will develop an implementation plan based on priority recommendations.

Development and improvements

Allen Gardens

Currently Feasibility Study/ Masterplan being undertaken commissioned by Brick Lane Town Centre Team.

Bartlett Park

Find out about the major development currently taking place in Bartlett Park 

Christ Church Gardens

Scheme to refurbish the gardens – consultation carried out in 2015. Project currently on hold.

Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens

The council has secured funding to make improvements to both spaces. 

In Summer 2018 we carried out consultation with residents on improvements to Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens. Over 100 people participated and completed questionnaires in response to the display boards.

Public consultation on the site design ended on 25 January 2019.   Following consultation we have designed a revised plan. 

As a result of this feedback, the council instructed our landscape designers to rethink the designs to take on board residents’ concerns.  

The revised designs have now been submitted to the council's planning team and you can  comment on the proposals here.

For more information please contact park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk, call us on 020 7364 5000 and ask for the Parks and Open Spaces team, or write to Parks and Open Spaces Team, Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ.

Jolly’s Green

New play equipment, benches and bins have been installed. An outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

King Edward Memorial Park

Find out about the major development currently taking place in King Edward Memorial Park

Meath Gardens

Due to the necessity of removing a major piece of play equipment from Meath Gardens, we are committed to renewing the playground at Meath Gardens in the next round of improvements. Consultation will start on this in January 2020. Please check back for further updates.

The parks team has worked with officers from across the council and the Friends of Meath Gardens to restore the entrance arch. 

We have worked in partnerships with Friends of Meath Gardens to install a new historical information panel.

Meath Gardens is a Green Flag Site.

Millwall Outer Dock

A programme of improvements to this site opposite the Docklands Sailing Centre has been carried out.  The entrance way to the site has been improved with raised planters, new bollards and attractive floor surfacing.  Work was completed in Spring 2019.

Millwall Park

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018. We are currently investigating carrying out restoration work to the grass pitches, the changing rooms and the playgrounds.

Following a recent annual inspection of the play equipment in Millwall Park we have removed non-compliant pieces of play equipment from the park.  This is a precautionary measure as it is not viable to repair the equipment. 

Millwall Park is a Green Flag Site.

Paradise Gardens

Following consultation with residents in 2017, development at the north end of Paradise Gardens has been concluded and the park has been refurbished. A new shrub bed has been created, new pathways have been laid and new benches, bins and signage have been installed.

Pollard Square

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Poplar Recreation Ground

The former toilet block has recently been demolishedThe Angel Memorial to those lost in the WWI bombing of Upper North Street School has been repaired and fully restored.  We have started carrying out consultation on refurbishing the playground in this site.

Poplar Recreation Ground is a Green Flag Site.

Ravenscroft Park

A circular mosaic created by artist Rachel Lichenstein with children from Thomas Buxton and St. Anne’s schools in the mid 1990s,  has been relocated from its former location in Brick Lane to Ravenscroft Park.

Ropewalk Gardens

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Shandy Park

Improvements have been made to path surfaces.  New benches and bins have been installed.  A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

Sir John McDougall Gardens

A new outdoor gym was installed in the summer of 2018.

St. John’s Park

Lighting has been installed for the tennis courts to enable use during the short winter days.  A new playground has been installed in the Spring of 2019.

St. Leonards

The council's Public Health team are working with the local community, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, the Women’s Environmental Network and local residents and stakeholders to develop activities and improve this former churchyard.

Stonebridge Wharf

Improvements have been made to path surfaces, access, seating and bins.   We are working to develop a cultural feature in the park, in partnership with Sir William Burrough Primary School and their artist in residence, Darcy Turner.

Wapping Gardens and Helling Street

Work will start on playgrounds in Wapping Gardens and Helling Street in January, 2020.  The equipment providers anticipate starting on site in mid January and completing about 4 weeks later. View the design for the new playgrounds in Wapping Gardens and Helling Street.

We will also be making improvements to other features in Wapping Gardens: bins, benches and railings, as well as resurfacing both the tennis courts and the kickabout area (MUGA). The plan is for the MUGA to be surfaced in a soft polymeric coating, and we are seeking quotes for the installation of an outdoor gym in the location adjacent to the Turk’s Head where the trim trail is currently located.  We hope to complete works to Wapping Gardens before the Easter school break in 2020.

This work will mean that the playgrounds will be closed to the public for a short period, but we hope this can be kept to a minimum, and will be during the colder months when parks are less used.

 For more information please contact park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk, call us on 020 7364 5000 and ask for the Parks and Open Spaces team, or write to Parks and Open Spaces Team, Mile End Park Play Pavilion, Locksley Street, E14 7EJ.

Weaver’s changing rooms

The changing rooms have recently been refurbished.

Whitehorse Road Adventure Playground

The kick-about area (MUGA) has been resurfaced.

 

For more information about changes to parks in Tower Hamlets contact park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk