Opening of Clissold Park – The Evening Standard

25_07_1889 NEWS CLIPPING Opening of Clissold Park Evening Standard
Clissold Park, which has been acquired for the public, was yesterday opened by the Earl of Rosebery, Chairman of the Loudon County Council. His Lordship was received at the Church-street entrance by the Earl of Meath and the other members of the Parks Committee, and, preceded by the Band of the 21st Middlesex Volunteers, they made a tour of the park.

It is situated in Stoke Newington, and comprises an area of 53½ acres. The work of laying out the grounds has not been quite completed, but it is sufficiently advanced to give an indication of what a valuable addition the park will be to the lungs of the Metropolis. The Earl of Rosebery and his party having concluded their inspection of the grounds, they arrived at the mansion, which may eventually be utilised as a museum or for some other useful purpose. They were received by a guard of honour furnished by the 1st London Engineer Volunteers. Among the numerous company were Sir Lewis Pelly, M.P., and Mr. Firth, M.P.

The Earl of MEATH. in introducing the Clissold Park Preservation Committee to the Earl of Rosebery, congratulated them upon the success of their labours, and upon having added another fine open space to the Metropolis. Mr. JOSEPH BECK, Chairman of the Park Preservation Committee, then presented Lord Rosebery with an address.

The Earl of ROSEBERY congratulated them upon the generous individual effort by which this great enterprise had been carried out. He was one of those who believed that the contributions of the County Council to these open spaces were not meant to swamp or supersede but to stimulate and encourage local effort (cheers). They were the treasury of the Metropolis. They had calls on their purse which they had to meet in a spirit of equity, not merely with regard to those who made the demands, but to those who had to find the supply—they had to administer their funds not so as to make one quarter of London happy and triumphant; but in a spirit of justice to the great body of ratepayers (cheers).

He believed the majority of the County Council had made up their minds that they could not better carry out the wishes of the ratepayers than by furthering the accommodation for the working classes, and by securing open spaces for the people (cheers). All this required vigilance, courage, and, above all, expenditure, which, if not controlled, might even yet land them difficulties. He thought that if they spent generously in open spaces they should meet with an exceedingly rich reward. They could not bring London to the country, but they could endeavour to bring the country as far as possible into London. His Lordship then, amid cheers, declared the park open to the public.

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