Renaming of Albert Road Recreation Ground
As part of the council’s work to ensure that the names of Haringey’s monuments, buildings, places and streets reflect the values and diversity of borough, the council has launched a consultation to rename the Albert Road Recreation Ground.
The name that residents have been asked to consider as part of this consultation is ‘O. R. Tambo Recreation Ground’ – in memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo, The late South African activist and long-time president of the African National Congress.
O.R. Tambo, who was close friends with Nelson Mandela, lived in Haringey in exile for over two decades, settling with his family in Muswell Hill, and was a frequent visitor to the Rec with his family.
The role Oliver Tambo 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.
Haringey believes that the names of our monuments, buildings, places and streets must reflect the values and diversity that we are so proud of in the borough. As such, the council launched the
Review on Monuments, Buildings, Place and Street Names in Haringey on 12 June 2020, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
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 the diverse links the borough has to South Africa and the values that make Haringey the vibrant, inclusive and multicultural borough it is.
The council has engaged with local stakeholder groups including the Friends of Albert Recreation Ground and Pavilion Café and Tennis on the renaming of the park who have shown support for a new name to be consulted on.
The questionnaire will be available for six weeks from Monday 12 October to Monday 23 November. Please visit: www.haringey.gov.uk/renaming-albert-rec to share your opinion.
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.
Emma Burridge, Chair of Friends of Albert Road Recreation Ground (FARRG), said:
“I’ve lived in this area for 25 years and have seen how our park has transformed over time. Within the local community, the park is generally referred to as Durnsford Park, rather than Albert Road Recreation Ground.
“I think this consultation will be an opportunity to potentially bring in a new name for the park and a certain identity, that builds on the fantastic work that has been done in recent years to cement the park as a community treasure.
“It’s really important that we recognise the people who have made an extraordinary input in our community, and this consultation is a great way for us to do this. Myself and FARRG support this renaming consultation.”
Cllr Ejiofor, Leader of Haringey Council, said:
“I’m pleased to see the launch of this consultation, for which I know there is a lot of local support. For a number of years, it has been suggested that we find a way to further commemorate one of Haringey’s most globally known citizens.
“In Haringey, we are committed to celebrating our borough’s most notable influencers, and truly reflect the borough’s rich heritage. Renaming Albert Road Recreation Ground will 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.”
Tell us what you think about this page
Please use this space to tell us how we can improve this page, or the website in general.
If you have a service problem or complaint you need help with then please visit our contact pages.
* = response required
Haringey case numbers
Haringey People Extra