More than 150 attend official opening of 'fabulous' pocket park in Barking

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Phoenix Park on the Gascoigne Estate has officially opened. - Credit: Andrew Baker

A pocket park has officially opened with a celebration attended by more than 150 people, organisers have said.

Neighbours enjoyed giant chess and table tennis at Phoenix Park on the Gascoigne Estate on Saturday, July 31.

Kenneth Soko, a member of Gascoigne Residents’ Forum, said: "This is truly the people’s park."

Built by developer Wates Residential, the park was designed around four themes identified by people and forum members from the estate.

These are: exercise, play, growing and contemplation. There is a stage which can be used for gatherings, as well as a play area, gym, seating and garden.

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Cllrs Dominic Twomey and Saima Ashraf took part in the celebration.

Cllr Ashraf said: "Phoenix Park is fabulous, but it’s no wonder because it’s been designed by the community, for the community and you can see they’ve put their heart and soul into it."

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Sadia Ur-Rehman from Be First, which supports the project, said: "The amount of love and hard work put into making this park a great place has been breathtaking."

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