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South Park, Ilford

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South Park is an Edwardian park to the South of Ilford, North-East London. It is one of the largest open spaces in the London Borough of Redbridge. It has recently been awarded Green Flag status.GeographyThe park is a 13.5 hectare park on former farmland which was sold to Ilford Council in 1899 for £11,200. The park opened to the public on 10 May 1902. It contains a number of large trees, a lake which is fed by Loxford Water and leisure facilities including Tennis courts and Football pitches.WildlifeThe park provides a home to a number of wildlife species, including mallard ducks, tufted ducks, pochard, Canada geese, Greylag geese, and Mute Swan. Great Cormorant, Grey Heron and Egyptian geese are also frequently seen.In 2011, a new Wildlife Education & Information Centre was opened in the old boat house as a partnership between the London Borough of Redbridge and the South Park User Group.
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  • South Park is down the South park Drive and the 145 passes just in front. We were luck to visit the park in Summer. Very nice place, lovely atmosphere, a lot of friendly people around. It's so nice to...  more »
  • I'm not sure if they still hire boats out on the lake/pond however theirs the usual things for small medium and larger and older kids to do. Plenty of space to run scream and shout in.  more »
  • A wonderful Park which is a stones throw from the hustle and bustle of the A13. Has its own free car park with plenty of car spaces as well.  more »
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  • Lovely park. Well kept. South park users group are fundamental to its current status. At times tennis courts are used for football. Three children play areas. Some dog owners are not picking up. Plenty of wildlife. Dos and donts: 1. Must bag after you dog as no fairy will do it. Kids play here 2. Do not feed the birds bread. Bread isn't even good for humans. Please leave birds alone. Imagine birds feeding grass and algae to you. 3. Don't litter. It's a beautiful park. Let others enjoy it too 4. Cycle sensibly Attractions: 1. 3 play areas for kids of different ages 2. Huge open ground 3. Perfect for runners and walkers 4. Full of trees 5. Pond with water birds
  • Loads of litter dumping here. People also dumping waste food for birds. Really disgusting place especially around the pond area. Loads of bird droppings that's probably because they are over fed with the rubbish people dump. Now also infested with huge rats . Some really weird religious / black magic practices also being performed here. Scary stuff. No visible enforcement. People using it for toilets especially by the bushes by the south east entrance. I avoid this park like the plague and dont take my kids there. Poor park keepers have their work cut out to attract visitors. Will probably end up being sold to a developer for a sky scraper no doubt.
  • Decent little park, recently updated, has a lake, tennis courts and play areas. Plenty of vegetation and half decent toilets.
  • Very nice park with many ducks and birds to spot. Good facilities and nice pond in the middle.
  • Its a moderate sized park about 20 minutes walk from Ilford lane. Parking is not the best, and when you are able to park, you're afraid a car will hit or scrape pulling out. The park itself is poorly maintained. Several benches are broke with a severe degree of graffiti around the park. There is an outdoor gym, toddlers play area and child play area. Sadly, teenagers and adults have decided to commandeer the toddler play area and play football inside it. Speaking to a few mothers in the locality, they say the no longer visit the park as it does not feel safe to do so.

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