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Vicky Park tops green space votes in Time Out poll

PUBLISHED: 20:45 08 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:36 05 October 2010

James Perrin Victoria Park pond with scum and rubbish in it but nice Canada Geese and ducks.

James Perrin Victoria Park pond with scum and rubbish in it but nice Canada Geese and ducks.

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THE famous Victoria Park in East London has been voted the capital’s best public open space. Readers of Time Out magazine gave it top marks, with categories including easy access, history, park life, fun stuff and landmarks. Vicky Park—famous for its deer and ducks’—scored a top-of-the poll 41 points, with nearest rival Ravenscourt Park in West London trailing at just 38

THE famous Victoria Park in East London has been voted the capital’s best public open space.

Readers of Time Out magazine gave it top marks, with categories including easy access, history, park life, fun stuff and landmarks.

Vicky Park—famous for its deer and ducks’—scored a top-of-the poll 41 points, with nearest rival Ravenscourt Park in West London trailing at just 38.

That put a smile on Tower Hamlets councilor Abdal Ullah, who’s in charge of parks at the Town Hall.

“It’s great to top the table of London’s best parks,” he beamed. “Victoria Park is steeped in history and enjoyed by the community, from play areas and skate parks to festivals, sports facilities, monuments and wildlife. It’s a worthy winner.”

The huge green space at the top of Grove road, stretching eastward from the Regent’s Canal at Bethnal Green as far as Old Ford and Hackney Wick, was designed in 1841 by James Pennethorne following a petition to Queen Victoria by 30,000 East Enders.

It scored top points for its history in the Time Out survey. The categories of fun stuff’ and park life’ were also high scorers, with special mention of its annual fireworks display.

A public consultation is currently under way over Vicky Park’s future, to be included in a Master Plan to bid for Heritage Lottery money. The consultation runs until September 23.

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