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Digging deep to celebrate a special anniversary

Archived press release

Date Published: 31/05/07

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor David Thompson, will join the Mayor of Aylesbury, Councillor Jenny Puddefoot, at a tree planting ceremony on 4 June to celebrate a special anniversary. Councillor Thom...

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor David Thompson, will join the Mayor of Aylesbury, Councillor Jenny Puddefoot, at a tree planting ceremony on 4 June to celebrate a special anniversary.

Councillor Thompson and the mayor will help plant a golden maple to mark the 50th anniversary of the official opening of Alfred Rose Memorial Park in Dunsham Lane, Aylesbury.

The 14 acres of land that forms the park was donated to the town in 1942 by Alfred Rose, a former mayor of Aylesbury. The park was officially opened on 3 June 1957 by then mayor of the town, Councillor Glyn Davies, who unveiled a bronze plaque in the shelter at the Manor Road entrance to the park.

Alfred Rose Memorial Park is looked after by Aylesbury Vale District Council and provides a range of leisure facilities, including a toddler and junior play area, a basketball hoop, two junior football pitches and a cricket pitch.  A community centre is also located at the northen end of the park.

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “Well maintained and attractive parks and open spaces are a key element in making Aylesbury an enjoyable place to live, work and play. Alfred Rose Memorial Park is one of Aylesbury’s hidden gems and provides many opportunities for relaxation, family fun and healthy exercise. I’m very honoured to be planting this tree to mark the 50th anniversary of the park and look forward to seeing the area develop in future years.”

The commemorative tree planting ceremony also coincides with the completion of a new cycle route through the park.

The Aqua Cycleway will give commuters from the Watermead and Elmhurst residential areas easy access to the town and a direct link to Kingsbury square. It is one of seven new cycle paths launched by Buckinghamshire County Council linking residential and business areas of the town.

The network of cycle routes, known as the Gemstone Cycleways, will be very noticeable and easy to follow by their distinctive and user-friendly sign posts, which will show the Cycle Aylesbury logo, the name of the route, destination en-route and, uniquely, the time in minutes that the route will take.

Councillor Val Letheren, Portfolio Holder for Transportation at Buckinghamshire County Council, said: “These cycle routes are a ground-breaking step and much admired by other cycle demonstration towns around the country. They really are a new jewel in the county’s cycle network.”

Darren Divall, Team Leader for Cycling and Walking at BCC, said: “During the last year we’ve seen a 38 per cent increase in the number of people cycling around Aylesbury. We are really pleased to have been able to develop the Aqua Way through Alfred Rose Memorial Park which will enable more people to join the cycling revolution.”

 

Contact information

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01296 585099

Email:

communications@aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk