150 years ago, Alexandra Park was opened by the renowned landscape architect Alexander McKenzie as a pioneering Victorian leisure Park and centre for education and entertainment. To mark this historic occasion, On Sunday 21 July 2013 Ally Pally celebrated 150 years of the extraordinary, which brought the park to life with entertainment and activities in a true McKenzian style!
The People’s Park boasts panoramic views of London’s skyline which are second to none. These breathtaking views stretch from Canary Wharf to St Paul’s Cathedral and the Shard, and really must be seen to be believed. On a clear day can you believe that the view stretches even further afield with Crystal Palace’s transmitter being visible on the horizon! Why not pop over with a picnic blanket and see for yourselves and ‘while away the day’?
If relaxing is not your cup of tea, with free parking and ample transport straight to our doorstep, there are no excuses why you can’t come over and take advantage of the variety of activities and events for all. There is a pitch and putt course, a boating lake, delicious outdoor eateries and an excellent weekly Farmer’s Market, a deer and skate park, walking routes, ornamental walkways, landscaped gardens and even a soft play adventure playground to entertain the kids! Throughout the year the Funfair comes to Alexandra Park offering a family fun day out. If events are more your thing, Ally Pally’s Park is regularly transformed to entertain guests at spectacular outdoor experiences which have included Red Bull Empire of Dirt, Race for life and the annually held Supercross!
With so much going on in the Park all year round, it is hard to believe that the fun continues inside the historic People’s Palace. There is a year long event and exhibition programme, a superb ice rink and the Bar & Kitchen that serves delicious food within the Palace’s Victorian walls every day of the year.
Managed by the Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust, the Park’s 196 acres of Grade II listed English Heritage parkland is maintained by a specialist team dedicated to ensuring the beautiful landscape is well preserved and remains very much at the heart of the local community. Working alongside them, a local volunteer group called the Friends of Alexandra Park also host nature walks and activities within the grounds throughout the year.
Alexandra Park has held a Green Flag Award since 2008. The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. Other park awards include the BALI Award for mainly hard landscaping construction cost over £100,000 in 2007, a silver gilt award for a Large Park or Public Garden by London in Bloom in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and The Green Heritage Award every year since 2010.
For more information on the park check out the Friends of Alexandra Park website here
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