John Biggs has formally opened the revamped, cleaned and renewed public open space in Bethnal Green.
The opening event, which was marked with a performance from the London International Gospel Choir, showcased how the space has been transformed - writes towerhamlets.gov.uk.
Situated just off the Hackney Road, the Oval has been revived from a site known principally for illegal car parking and the dumping of rubbish, typified by anti-social behaviour - into a pleasant community space.
Over the last year and in liaison with the local community and businesses the Oval public space was rebuilt into a fully accessible open space imaginatively designed to fit with the environment, with safe seating areas, trees planted for a greener environment and an attractive new lighting scheme.
A stage area also doubles up as seating and adds to the flexibility of the space to host a wide range of events. Local businesses in the area contributed to the plans.
Mayor John Biggs said:
“This space has been transformed from beingassociated with anti-social behaviour and environmental blight to a place for the community to enjoy. I’m delighted to see the council’s Parks and Open Spaces fund is making a real difference across the borough”.
Cllr Abdul Mukit, Cabinet member for Culture and Youth Services added:”
It’s fantastic to see the rejuvenation of this space, it brings a new lease of life to the area. I encourage residents to enjoy this pleasant space to sit and relax and use it as a focal point for the many creative projects taking place in the area”.
Jett Glazier who runs the creative business also called Oval Space situated said:
“The development of the Oval into a park has removed a longstanding eye-sore and area for petty crime and replaced it with a great place for locals to congregate, host events and relax. The stage and lights are a great feature and I look forward to seeing it used for cultural activities.”
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