Sunday, 15 April 2012

Active at 60

“I’d have liked to go for a walk in the park…but I’d no-one to go with…”

Could this be you, or someone you know ? It’s what someone elderly said to us last summer.

Look out for details of our free weekly walks, due to start this spring and carry on through the summer. We’ll be a friendly group on a short, leisurely, guided walk for the over 60s, including light refreshments, starting and finishing in the same place in about an hour.

Volunteers to lead the walks in partnership with Park Rangers are welcome.

Find out more from Teanne at or Joan at 020 8981 8104

Walking in the Park is sponsored by Active at 60, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions

Friday, 13 April 2012

Countdown to the 2012 Fun Day - Sunday 8th July

Photos from the 2011 Park Life

 We have just began organising the 2012 Friends of Mile End Park  (aka. Park Life). Make sure you pencil Sunday the 8th July in your diaries. I've already had friends ask "When's the dog show?". So now you know.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Music in the Park

I was doing the [quarterly] ironing the other day, with 4MUSIC on in the background when lo and behold I saw Mile End Park in a video from 19 year old Conor Maynard. Conor is being touted as "Britain's answer to Justin Beiber". It got me thinking, what other videos have been shot in the park?

I can only think of two others: Olly Murs' 2011 track "Heart Skips a Beat" (ft. Rizzle Kicks) which was also filmed near the skateboard park and David Gray's wobble-head self-parody "Be Mine" from 2003 filmed in my local, the Palm Tree.

Can you think of any other videos shot in the park? Let me know.

Thursday, 5 April 2012


 I regularly cycle use the towpath that forms the western border of Mile End Park either for a casual weekend stroll to the Pavillion Cafe in Vicky Park or on those days when I cycle to work. And I gave a Boris bike a test drive along it the other day.

Rarely does a trip go by without some kind of "incident". I've had dogs chase me, fishermen's poles trip me, migraines induced by cycle-mounted flashing strobe lights that seemed to be pointed right at my blue eyes. I do seem to have more mishaps than most.

The British Waterways towpath rangers are currently running a short online survey which gives all users of the towpath a chance to air their views. Last week I spent 2-3 hours giving out flyers for the survey and was amazed with the range of opinions people held. So whether you're a runner, [dog] walker, angler, cyclist or a mix of the lot spend a few minutes completing their survey. You never know you might even win the GPS prize.