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Queen's Park one of Blackburn’s surprising urban secrets
4:46pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
SET alongside row after row of terrace housing and a distance away from main roads, Queens Park is one of Blackburn’s surprising urban secrets.
Around a quarter of a mile from Audley Range, one approaches the park past the recently sandblasted and refurbished homes on Queens Park Road to reach Queens Road which encircles the park.
The entrance has recently been improved and widened , leading to a slight uphill incline shaded by a canopy of trees.
Queens Park, which covers 33 acres, is a traditional urban park on the south east side of Blackburn.
Those who maintain and regularly use the park are proud that it has won the prestigious Green Flag Award for its quality. Its main feature is the lake at the top of the park and its associated wildlife and boating activities.
The park was officially opened in June 1887, at a cost of £10,000 when it was dedicated as a Golden Jubilee memorial to Queen Victoria.
To mark its 100th anniversary two oak trees were planted close to the boat house in 1987 .
The current Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, councillor Salim Mulla, lives a couple of streets from the park and said it was regarded with pride by residents.
He added: “It’s very popular and a focal point for many community events such a children’s activities in the school holidays.
“I also like the circular road around the park. You will often see families taking a stroll around the park on a Sunday afternoon.”
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