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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 is currently a major development project in King Edward Memorial Park  visit the web page to find out all about this project 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

Consultation on Alton Street Open Space, St. James Gardens, Pennyfields Open Space and Brussels Wharf. 

We are making improvements to Alton Street Open Space, St. James Gardens, Pennyfields Open Space and Brussels Wharf.  All these parks are important green spaces for local residents. 

Public consultation has taken place at all four sites. If you weren’t able to attend, please email park.projects@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Refurbishment of multi use games areas (MUGAs)

New surfaces have been installed and line markings have been painted in the areas listed below. 

  • Bethnal Green Gardens
  • Mile End Adventure Base (non fenced and fenced MUGA)
  • Mile End Park Active Zone (Wennington Green)
  • Middleton Green
  • Poplar Recreation Ground
  • Ravenscroft
  • Shacklewell Street Ball Games Area
  • Whitehorse Road

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 autumn 2020 and summer 2021 we produced newsletters to let local residents 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

A new improved look for Bartlett Park.

The council have worked with Levitt Bernstein Landscape Architects to make major improvements to Bartlett Park.

The new fully inclusive playground, adult gym, grass pitches, dog walk area and the garden adjacent to St. Saviours are now open. A heritage and a nature information panel have been installed. 

The former adventure playground site will be converted into an ecology and play zone. 

The only work now outstanding is the opening of the new changing rooms.  Handover has not been completed due to the need for correction of defects by the manufacturer.

If you have any comments or questions about the project please contact bartlett.park@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

Bethnal Green Gardens

Work has taken place to improve the sports courts. Improvements include:

  • Creation of an additional centre basketball court
  • Creation of a netball court
  • Refurbishment of the multi use games area.
  • Drainage works to prevent courts flooding
  • Installation of  low level fencing system around the three basketball courts to improve the playing experience
  • Colour spraying of all courts.

The tennis courts have been refurbished. Improvements include 

  • lighting upgrades
  • resurfacing
  • new nets, new posts and improvements to drainage. 

The new colour spray will be applied in spring/summer 2022 weather permitting. 

Bromley Recreation Ground (also known as Bob's Park)

This park is managed by the Bromley By Bow Centre.

The surface of the playground has now been fully refurbished and replaced with a safety surface. 

Christ Church Gardens

Scheme to refurbish the gardens – Consultation has taken place.  This 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 outdoor gym has been installed. 

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 heritage information panel.

Meath Gardens is a Green Flag Site.

Mile End Park

New play equipment was installed in the playground at the Children's Pavilion in summer 2021.   Work will start on 12 July 2021.  

The new Mile End Active Zone is now open at Wennington Green.  New outdoor gym equipment has been installed for cardio, strengths and conditioning as well as a MUGA with line markings and colour spray. This gym is provided by KOMPAN, who also have their own app for exercises and workouts. 

We have replaced the old hardcore surface at Mile End Park BMX track with a new, hard wearing tarmac surface.

Millwall Outer Dock Slipway

The Council is in discussions with freeholders of the wider slipway site about the opportunity to deliver improved open space on the site. This follows the production of an Options Appraisal, funded by the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund (LIF).  More information on the LIF project.

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. 

Children's playground

A new children’s playground has been installed. Over 50 per cent of the equipment in the new playground is fully inclusive, allowing children with additional needs to access creative and imaginative play equipment. The toddler and junior areas have been combined into one spaces helping carers to see children of all ages. The design also incorporates the railway arches into the new play space. 

Play area update 

Work to resolve the water logging in the new play area took place in January 2022.

The play equipment temporarily installed to the Stebondale side of the park has been moved into the new play area. 

Football pitches

Improvement work to the 9v9 caged pitch off Stebondale Street is taking place.  The pitch is not available for use during this time.

We expect to start taking bookings for the new season in late spring 2022.  The other two grass pitches and rugby pitch are still available to book.

Visit our pitch bookings page for a full list of other football pitches in our parks. 

Mudchute Farm

Improvements to facilities 

Work to improve the farm’s facilities took place in summer 2021.  Improvements included:

  • upgrading to the system which provides water for the animals
  • upgrading the external lighting and electricity supply
  • resurfacing of paths to improve accessibility
  • upgrades to all toilets and community facilities,  including creating new community spaces and visitor hub/reception will.

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 tennis courts have been refurbished.  The improvements include:

  • resurfacing
  • new posts
  • new nets and
  • repairs to fencing

The multi use games area is has been refurbished.  The improvements include resurfacing and new line markings.

 The Angel Memorial to those lost in the WWI bombing of Upper North Street School has been repaired and fully restored. 

The former toilet block has been demolished. 

The new inclusive playgrounds is open.  The equipment in this playground is accessible to all children including those with additional needs. 

Two heritage information panels have been installed.  One to mark the centenary of the Poplar Rates Rebellion of 1921 and the other with information on the history of the recreation ground and immediate area. 

The mural in Hale Street has been restored.

Poplar Recreation Ground is a Green Flag Site.

Ravenscroft Park

A new playground for Ravenscroft Park

We have installed new toddler and junior playgrounds.  Old equipment has been removed and exciting new inclusive play equipment has been installed.  

Take a virtual tour of the new playground

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.

Stepney Green Park

A heritage information panel has been installed. 

A new outdoor gym has been installed. 

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.

Victoria Park

A new outdoor gym has been installed.

Wapping Gardens and Helling Street

A new outdoor gym has now been installed near the Turks Head in Wapping Gardens. 

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 been completed. 

 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.

Weavers Field

  • Our new, fully inclusive children's playground is now open.
  • A new outdoor gym has been installed in the central area of the park. 
  • New orientation and welcome signs have been installed at the entrances to the park.  The signs provide information about the park and show directions and facilities. 
  • The changing rooms have  been refurbished.
  • Weavers adventure playground has been refurbished and new play equipment has been installed. 

Whitehorse Lane open space

  • A new infants playground will be installed in June 2022. New animal themed equipments and markings will be installed. The equipment is suitable for children up to age 5. 50 per cent of the equipment will be inclusive.  

Whitehorse Road Adventure Playground

  • The kick-about area (MUGA) has been resurfaced.
  • New inclusive play equipment has been installed.  

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