LOCAL dignitaries gathered to celebrate the official unveiling of the prestigious Green Flag Award at Princes Park.
Princes Park became the town’s first park to win the coveted Green Flag Award in July for its exceptional standard of management by Eastbourne Borough Council and the Friends of Princes Park.
Eastbourne Mayor Cllr Carolyn Heaps was joined by Jacky Mullender, chair of the Friends of Princes Park, as the Green Flag was raised on its gleaming new pole at the park entrance.
The mayor said, “I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this tremendous award and for making Princes Park a place the whole town can be very proud of.”
Jacky Mullender said, “This award is the culmination of years of hard work to turn Princes Park into a truly outstanding public open space, and it is wonderful to think of residents and visitors to Eastbourne enjoying the park’s full potential.”
Eastbourne Borough Council is planning to invest further funds at the park in the coming months.
2011 was a busy year for Princes Park as it hosted the town’s Royal Wedding celebrations on a giant screen, was the venue for Magnificent Motors and will be flying even higher next year with the introduction of a hot air balloon.
Green Flag judges visited a packed Princes Park in May to witness first-hand how popular the park is with residents and visitors and to hear how the Friends were working in partnership with the council to deliver improvements.
The park is one of a number of parks and green spaces receiving the Green Flag Award this year, ensuring that even more people now have access to well-managed, high-quality green spaces.
In 2011, 1,288 parks and green spaces around the UK will fly either the Green Flag or Community Award, a sign that the value of green space is widely acknowledged as vital to communities.