Thinking of a stroll in your local park on Christmas Day?

Please note that if your local park is normally locked at night, it will also be locked on Christmas Day.  Parks which usually remain unlocked over night, will be open.

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, 11 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.

Playground Development

We will be making improvements to a number of playgrounds over the next two years.  The first parks to undergo improvement work will be St. John's Park (Manchester Road), Stepney Green Park and Ropemakers Fields.  During the autumn of 2018 we carried out consultation with park users and local residents.  Read about the results of the consultation and the planned improvements here.  For more information on changes to parks in Tower Hamlets contact

Allen Gardens

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

Christ Church Gardens

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

Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens

Are you interested in the future of Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens?

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

Over the weekend of 13-14 July, we carried out consultation with residents on improvements to Ford Square and Cavell Street Gardens. Over 100 people had a look at our display and talked with the design team about how the sites might look.

Many people completed questionnaires in response to the display boards showing the sites as they are now and giving their views on the kinds of sites shown on the boards. None of these images are ideas to be literally recreated at either Ford Square or Cavell Street Gardens, but people’s reactions to them give guidance to the design team. Over the next few weeks we will post a summary of views given at the consultation sessions.

You can view the public boards and design proposal here

If you wish to comment on the site designs you have until 15 January 2019 to do so.   You can email, call us on 020 7364 5227 or write to Parks & 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.

Meath Gardens

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

We are working with the Friends of Meath Gardens and the council's 'Heritage at Risk' Officer to do a full survey of the special features of the site with a view to securing funding for restoration work.  Meath Gardens is a Green Flag Site.

Millwall Outer Dock

A programme of improvements to this site opposite the Docklands Sailing Centre will be carried out during 2018.

Millwall Park

A new outdoor was installed in the summer of 2018. This is a Green Flag site.

Paradise Gardens

Once the development at the north end of Paradise Gardens has been concluded, the developers will refurbish the park. Consultation was carried out during the summer of 2017 with local residents.

Pollard Square

A new outdoor was installed in the summer of 2018.

Poplar Recreation Ground

The former toilet block has recently been demolished. This 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 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 was installed in the summer of 2018.

Sir John McDougall Gardens

A new outdoor 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.  The parks team are currently consulting residents and park users on refurbishing the playground.

St. Leonards

The council's Public Health team are working with the local community to develop activities and improve this former churchyard.

Stonebridge Wharf

Improvements are being made to path surfaces, access, seating and bins. The aim is to include a heritage/interpretation feature.

Stoneyard Lane

Tower Hamlets College is working with LBTH and local community representatives to carry out improvements to this small park.

Warner Green

New play equipment, benches, bins and planting has been installed.

Weaver’s changing rooms

The changing rooms have recently been refurbished.