South Park, Ilford
South Park Lake
|Location||Ilford, Greater London, UK|
|Operated by||London Borough of Redbridge|
|Status||Open year round|
|Website||South Park, Ilford|
The 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.
The park provides a home to a number of wildlife species, including mallard ducks, tufted ducks, pochard, Canada geese, Greylag geese, Mute Swan and bats. 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.
The 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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