19-Mar-2021

The new park that is set to open in St Ives this spring has been officially named Berman Park after three suggested names were put to a public vote.

The new Berman Park, which is located between the One Leisure St Ives indoor facility and the Great River Ouse joining the Thicket path, is scheduled to open for public use on Easter weekend, coinciding with the launch of the district council’s Healthy Open Spaces strategy. The strategy is to ensure that our spaces continue to be used and valued by our community, and how we can get more people using and enjoying our parks, open spaces and play areas to benefit health and wellbeing.

Executive Councillor for Operations and Environment, Cllr Marge Beuttell, said: "We were overwhelmed with the submissions that we received from residents after we announced the competition to name the park. We received a wide variety of different names, however, there was one theme that was consistent. Ultimately, we felt it was important to offer the final choice through a public vote, and it was clear that Henry and Joan Berman were at the heart of the community’s thoughts."

Executive Leader of the Council, Cllr Ryan Fuller, said: "A new park in St Ives is something that the district councillors for St Ives have been working to deliver for some time and I am delighted that we will soon be able to officially open the newly named Berman Park. We cannot wait to welcome residents to the park at a time when our open spaces have never been more valued by local people."

"I have very fond memories of Henry from my school years, being the third generation of my family to know him through St Ivo School. He truly was one of a kind and his love of all things related to the natural world inspired so many people over the years. Naming our new park in honour of Henry and his wife Joan, both of whom dedicated decades of their lives to our community, is a very fitting tribute."

Mike Berman, son of Henry and Joan, said: "In addition to being extremely proud that Huntingdonshire District Council has agreed to name the new park in St Ives in honour of mum and dad's memory, the family would like to thank everyone who put their names forward and for all the kind things they have said about them. We were all very touched."

Berman Park

Berman Park Panel – Example Park Panel Artwork

Joan Berman

Henry and Joan Berman  (at Buckingham Palace as Joan was awarded her MBE)