Published Thursday 3 August 2017

Residents and visitors to Windsor are invited to celebrate the official opening of the council’s newest leisure facility, Victoria Park in Dedworth.

It will be opened by The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr John Lenton on Saturday 5 August at 1pm; military guests, councillors, and the community have all been invited to be part of the celebrations.

A competition to come up with a title for the unnamed area at the back of the Broom Farm estate was run in the Windsor Express newspaper and the winning name ‘Victoria Park’ was put forward by local resident Robert Irvine.

The eight acre modern park has picnic benches, a play area and now an improved football pitch. 

Cllr Samantha Rayner, lead member for culture and communities, said: “I am delighted that this project with the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Borough will allow residents to enjoy Victoria Park for sport, walking dogs, outdoor pursuits and much more.

“This park has been transformed into a wonderful space for everyone to enjoy.”

Cllr Ed Wilson, ward councillor for Clewer South, said: “Victoria Park is a practical example of the Royal Borough’s continued support for our armed forces. We have dedicated the park to the memory of recipients of the Victoria Cross who are remembered in the street names on Broom Farm. 

“Our parks team have done a fantastic job in creating a park out of a boggy field. It will be a great open space for service families living on Broom Farm, but I hope that residents from across Windsor will also make good use of the park.’

The total cost of the park was £50,000, half was funded by a council budget from its Olympic Legacy project in the Windsor area and the other £25,000 from capital. 

Back in March, volunteers from local schools and the Scouts planted over 400 trees that were donated to the project by the Woodland Trust.