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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, Canada geese and bats.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.Surrounding areaThe area around the park has become known as South Park and the nearby primary school, the catchment area of which covers a large part of the south of Redbridge, is known as South Park Primary School.
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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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  • The view is relaxing to look at, if you're walking past at a medium-fast pace, don't stop to look and are walking on the near road side path. That's because the park is infested with rats frantically jumping from bush to bush, geese droppings smothering the now hop scotch path, Romanian kids stealing your belongings if you kneel down to tie your trainers and teenagers smoking drugs on every bench they can find. Also, the playscape area next to the basketball court is swarming with European kids displaying all types of vulgar behaviour, so I recommend that you don't take your kid there. Not to mention that the basketball court itself always has teenagers smoking drugs, kids playing football in the same area where kids are playing basketball. Finally the toilets are despicable at best because of the ever-lingering, stale urine smell. Other than that, it's a decent park to go by yourself, if you're a beast.
  • Lovely place to run or walk. Has a few playgrounds for children of all ages. And an outdoor gym.
  • Brilliant park with lake, great for afternoon and evening walks. Always clean and tidy park.
  • Used to be a great park. Dogs were friendly and everyone chatted. Be careful of needles and drug paraphernalia
  • I've been listening to area for quite a while and when I was living in South Park the only place I actually got what it comes with a possible core a field or two places where you can go on the swings slide or a gym and the people there are mostly friendly you do have certain occasions where you have kids who are that's a bad influence but other than that that does make it a bad place is pretty good and um you get good scenery is rubber is Rod the smallest you can get from one side of the park to the other without a problem just by walking or you can just decide to take your bike and just ride through

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