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The Deputy Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Mrs Marion Todd, will raise the prestigious Green Flag award – the national benchmark for quality parks and green spaces – over Central Park, Peterborough, on 28 September.

Central Park appears for the fourth consecutive year in a list of 423 best parks in England and Wales compiled by the Civic Trust on behalf of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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Central Park, which is maintained by Peterborough City Council, was one of only 21 parks in the East of England to receive the Green Flag award, which judges aspects such as the local community’s involvement with the park and the safety and maintenance of the facility in order to make it a welcoming place to visit.

Councillor Matthew Lee, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We were extremely proud to receive this prestigious award again, which highlights the quality of Central Park and the value placed on it by the residents of Peterborough.

“This award recognises the high priority the city council places on its parks and open spaces and the value they give to residents’ quality of life. I would like to thank the public for supporting the park, council staff for their continued hard work and commitment to improving public services, and other private individuals who make this park so successful. This award is testament to the hard work of everyone involved.”

Opened in 1877 Central Park has been delightfully restored and refurbished and annually attracts thousands of visitors of all ages. Varied facilities include a sunken garden, sensory garden, aviary, children's play area, tennis courts, bowling and putting green.

In 2002/03 Central Park was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £630,000, enabling a major improvement programme to be implemented. Included in the project was the appointment of a park ranger dedicated to managing the site. The park ranger service offers a range of community-based projects which include educational visits, wildflower planting, the installation of school-built bat boxes and continued development with the Friends of the Park Group.

Councillor Lee added: “Central Park is a wonderful place and I would urge anybody who has not visited it or who may not have been there for some time to pay it a visit. It is the ideal venue for a fantastic day out for the whole family with excellent facilities and great food available.”

The city council is committed to continuing to improve the facilities provided in Central Park and recent projects include developing a new sensory garden area, construction of a new pavilion, and the refurbishment of the popular tennis facilities. A busy year round programme of events is offered in the park, ranging from concerts, open air theatre productions, sports courses, teddy bears picnics and fun days.

Louise Wilcox, recreation manager for the city council, said: “Being awarded the Green Flag for Central Park for the fourth consecutive year was evidence that more people in Peterborough are enjoying green space of the highest standard. High quality parks are jewels in the crown of any community where people can relax, exercise and play. The best thing of all is that they are free for everyone to use.”

September 2006

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