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Joy as Barking Park officially reopens

PUBLISHED: 13:23 12 June 2012

Kerr, Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund London Committee, MP Margaret Hodge, Mayor Cllr Tony Ramsay, Mayoress, Cllr Jeanne Alexander and Cllr Rocky Gill.

Kerr, Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund London Committee, MP Margaret Hodge, Mayor Cllr Tony Ramsay, Mayoress, Cllr Jeanne Alexander and Cllr Rocky Gill.

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The borough’s oldest park has been officially reopened following a two-year £7.5m regeneration project.

Barking and Dagenham Mayor Cllr Tony Ramsay cut the ribbon at the Barking Park.

Cllr Bert Collins, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “It’s a real pleasure to see the completed park. The new facilities all look fantastic and with summer coming up I’m sure that local people will come down in their droves to see what Barking Park now has to offer.”

The park, opened in 1898, now has a new visitors’ centre, café and adventure playground.

The lake has been drained and de-silted, and pond dipping platforms and a boating pontoon installed.

The old Lido, derelict since 1988, is a wet play area and the ornamental flower beds now have 45,000 new plants.


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