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This year we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Opening of the Park by HRH The Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) who was accompanied by many members of his family and was greeted on arrival by guard of honour by the Surrey Regiment.

Vauxhall Park was opened on 7th July 1890 by Albert, Prince of Wales (read more about our history here)It is located in the London Borough of Lambeth on the South Lambeth Road (A203) at its junction with Fentiman Road (B301) and comprises about eight and a half acres of land.  In 2015 we celebrate 125 years of Vauxhall Park.

The Park facilities include a playground catering for aged 10 and under, the One O’Clock Club (see”Essential info”, right, for opening hours), a multi use games area predominantly for basketball/netball, Parco Cafe, two tennis courts, chess tables (bring your own pieces, or use those in Parco Cafe) in the lavender garden, the Vauxhall Motors Centenary Lavender Garden, rose pergola, the model village, an orchard, two fenced dog areas, a human sundial (in the lavender garden) and the Oval Montessori Nursery School.

Vauxhall Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for six years in a row. The Green Flag Award Scheme recognises and rewards the best green spaces in the country, meaning that Vauxhall Park is one of the best of 1,452 green spaces in the country!

AS WE CELEBRATE OUR 125TH YEAR WE ALSO FACE THE MOST SERIOUS CHALLENGE TO THE PARKS FUTURE SINCE IT WAS ORIGINALLY SET UP.   AS A RESULT OF COUNCIL CUTS OF 50% TO THE PARKS MANAGEMENT BUDGET, WE ARE CONSIDERING A NEW TYPE OF MANAGEMENT MODEL FOR VAUXHALL PARK.  LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!

In the light of cuts of 50% to the parks management budget,  local groups have been invited to take over the management of the local open spaces.  Vauxhall One and Vauxhall City Farm have applied to take over the management of five of Vauxhall’s open spaces including Vauxhall Park.  The consultation for these proposals is now open and we would encourage to read the document and respond.  Copies are available in Parco Cafe, Michael’s Shoe Repairs (on the South Lambeth Road) and at the Tate South Lambeth Library.  You can also go to Vauxhall One’s website (vauxhallone.co.uk) and click on the ‘Services’ tab.  You can then follow the Cooperative Parks Proposals link.

Our next meeting will be the AGM on Saturday 23 January 2016 (venue to be confirmed).  Everybody is welcome so please do come along.  We will be electing officers for the forthcoming year and welcome new members of the committee.  We are also looking for a new Secretary.  If you would like further information, please contact us friends@vauxhallpark.org.uk