December 5 2013 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
An East Ham park has received a prestigious award for the seventh year in a row, in recognition of the valuable service it provides.
Central Park in High Street South has received the Green Flag as part of a scheme which acknowledges excellence in parks and green spaces. Judging criteria includes having a welcoming atmosphere, a healthy, safe and secure environment, cleanliness and sustainability as well as an emphasis on community involvement.
A celebratory flag-raising ceremony was held to celebrate the achievement which was led by Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales and attended by residents, park users, councillors and staff from the council’s Greenspace team who maintain the park.
Sir Robin Wales said: “This award means Central Park is among the best in the country and I would to thank all those people who have helped to keep it beautiful, safe and tidy. The fact we’ve retained this award for seven years is a testament to all the hard work.
“Our parks play a vital role in the community with opportunities for everyone from children to older people. Central Park is a place for everyone to come together, enjoy themselves and keep active and this award celebrates that.”