We’ve done it! Stanley Park is officially England’s Best Park 2019.
It also takes the title of the North West’s most loved park in results of the competition, decided by public vote, were announced by the charity, Fields in Trust.
A little more than a mile away from Blackpool Tower and the promenade, the park provides 300 acres of recreational space which has been enjoyed by local people and visitors since it opened in 1926.
In 2017, it was voted the Best Park in the UK and is now again in the running for the title ,taking on winners from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The result will be announced on September 12.
Elaine Smith, chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park, said:
“We are absolutely over the moon to be chosen as the most loved park not in the North West and also the Best in England. Stanley Park is often called the jewel in Blackpool’s crown – it truly is. It takes a lot of hard work and effort to keep our jewel polished and we are grateful to all the staff, gardeners and volunteers who do such a brilliant job. Local people and visitors from all over the UK, and the world, hold our park in their affections. It brings so much pleasure to so many. In the 17 years since the Friends of Stanley Park was founded we have been working with the council to improve the park and to put on a varied programme of events. To win awards that have been decided by a public vote is just a wonderful show of support for a truly wonderful place.
We are grateful to every single one of the people who took time to vote, and overjoyed by the result.”
Described by its nominator as: “It is loved by locals and visitors alike, a beautiful, tranquil place away from the hustle and bustle of the Blackpool seafront. Great volunteers and staff keep it in tip top condition.”