Eastbourne now has three parks that have been awarded prestigious Green Flag status for being among the best green spaces in the country.
It is the sixth time that Princes Park has achieved this recognition, the second time for Hampden Park and the first year for Old Town Rec.
The award recognises the best parks in the country that are maintained to the highest possible standards and have excellent facilities.
Councillor Steve Wallis, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Cabinet member for the Environment, said, “We are thrilled to receive three Green Flag awards for these popular parks which are wonderful assets for the town and highly valued by residents and visitors.
“To achieve this status takes hard work and we are grateful to the Friends groups that play an important role in helping to manage these much-loved community areas. I also thank the Eastbourne Borough Council parks & gardens teams who work so hard all year round, with our contractors, to ensure our green spaces are kept to a very high standard.”
Improvements are being carried out at Princes Park to refurbish the café, create a new main entrance and central plaza and build a seafront link including a new zebra crossing. The work is being paid for out of a successful Coastal Communities Fund bid which was awarded in 2015.
The entrances to both Hampden Park and Old Town Rec will be enhanced by spring 2017, along with other recommendations identified by the Green Flag judges to further improve these important areas.
The Green Flag Award is now in its 20th year and around 1,680 green spaces across the UK have been given this mark of quality.
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said, “All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”