The park has undergone some significant changes in the last 50 years, with the loss of some well-loved buildings.
The British Restaurant, later Municipal Restaurant, was finally closed sometime between 1948 and 1952 according to Ordnance Survey evidence.
The summer house was not replaced after being hit by a bomb during the Second World War but the hothouse continued to be a popular favourite until it became too expensive to maintain in the 1980s. Victoria Park swimming baths were where thousands of Portsmouth children to learn to swim until the pool was replaced by new facilities at the Mountbatten Centre in 1979. The current aviary was built in 1987 following the great storm that destroyed its forerunner.
The Workers Day memorial
In 2007 Portsmouth Trades Union Council was given permission to build a Worker’s Day memorial which becomes the focus each year to commemorate those who have lost their lives at work, or from work-related injury and diseases. Workers Memorial Day is commemorated throughout the world on 28th April and is officially recognised by the UN and UK Government.
The memorial reads:
THIS STONE IS DEDICATED TO ALL WORKERS WHO HAVE SUFFERED ILLNESS, INJURY, DEATH OR BEEN KILLED AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THEIR WORK. REMEMBER THE DEAD AND FIGHT FOR THE LIVING.
WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY 28TH APRIL PORTSMOUTH TRADE UNION COUNCIL