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.

Council staff 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 council 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.  Please contact us at park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk if you would like a copy of the report.

Development and improvements

Refurbishment of kickabout areas (MUGAs)

In November 2020 we are installing new surfaces in these areas.  The kickabout areas will be closed during this period. We will be applying temporary line markings to the surface. Colour spray will be installed in spring 2021 when weather conditions allow. We apologise for any inconvenience this may  cause.

  • Mile End Adventure Base (non fenced and fenced MUGA):  work is due to start week beginning 2 November.
  • Middleton Greenworks: work is due to start week beginning 16 November.
  • Ravenscroft: work is due to start week beginning 30 November. 

If you would like more information about the refurbishment of the kickabout areas please contact us at park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Allen Gardens

Improvements to Allen Gardens

As part of a programme of regeneration, Tower Hamlets parks and high streets and town centres teams are making improvements to Allen Gardens, one of the borough’s most important inner-city open spaces.   Allen Gardens is facing issues of crime, anti-social behaviour, littering and fly tipping. We want to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to improve this.

In 2018 landscape architects Steer Davies Gleave carried out a feasibility study for developing and refurbishing Allen Gardens. This included con­sultation sessions held in the park.

Tower Hamlets parks and high streets and town centres teams now want to carry out further consultation with residents and users of Allen Gardens.

This consultation work will be carried out over the next few months. We will observe guidelines on so­cial distancing and public health.

In autumn 2020 we delivered a newsletter to local residents to let them know about the changes.

We are keen to hear views from residents about Allen Gardens. Please contact us Allen.Gardens@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

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. 

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 

A new playground has been installed and opened in September 2020.

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. 

The playground is currently closed while we carry out refurbishment and install new equipment.  We expect to re-open the new playground in October.

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 was 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

Refurbishment work on playgrounds in Wapping Gardens and Helling Street has now been completed and both have re-opened.  We have also painted railings and installed new bins and benches.

Works to resurface the tennis courts and the kickabout area (MUGA) have started and should be complete by the end of October.

We are planning to install an outdoor gym in the location adjacent to the Turk’s Head, where the trim trail is currently located.  Work has been delayed due to Coronavirus.

 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