Proposal to Rename Albert Road Recreation Ground
This consultation is running until Monday 23 November 2020.
Why are we proposing to rename 'The Rec'?
Albert Road Recreation Ground is known locally by many names... 'The Rec', 'Durnsford Park', 'Albert Rec'...
Haringey Council, the Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground and other local stakeholders feel now is the time to look at replacing all of the above to one locally recognised name, which reflects the long and historical relationship that O.R. Tambo had with the area, and one that is reflective of the borough's values, culture and diversity.
For a number of years, it has long been suggested that Albert Road Recreation Ground is renamed after world-renowned anti-apartheid campaigner, Oliver Reginald Tambo.
The late South African activist and long-time president of the African National Congress (ANC), who was close friends with Nelson Mandela, lived in Haringey in exile for over two decades, settling with his family in Muswell Hill. The role he played as the ANC's figurehead in Europe was vital in publicising the plight of black South Africans and canvassing international support for the fight against the white-minority apartheid government.
Oliver Tambo, known affectionately as O.R. Tambo by his friends and colleagues, was a frequent visitor to the Rec with his family. In recent years the South African High Commission has given the borough a bronze bust and statue of O.R. Tambo which sit proudly within the Rec reinforcing with pride, the diverse links the borough has to South Africa and the values that make Haringey the vibrant, inclusive and multicultural borough it is.
Today, in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement, we now think it's an appropriate time to garner local support to rename Albert Road Recreation Ground to further reflect the strong links the borough has with O.R. Tambo, the people of South Africa and the values and legacy that he has left us with today.
We are now asking you if you agree to the name of 'The Rec' being changed to O.R. Tambo Recreation Ground.
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For those who may not be able to access the questionnaire online, please call 07929 528608 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, and your views will be logged online on your behalf. If there is no answer please leave a message including your name and number, and your call will be returned.
For further information on the consultation and future planned improvements to Albert Road Recreation Ground, please read the Albert Road Recreation Ground - Consultation letter (PDF, 62KB)
Thank you to everyone who will take part, we very much value your contribution.
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