Waterfall And Urban Beach For Victoria Park

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 114 months ago
Waterfall And Urban Beach For Victoria Park

Alcove in Victoria Park
Designated one of the key routes into the 2012 Olympic site, Victoria Park is to benefit from a £10 million refurb, the biggest investment in the 'park for the people of the East End' since it was opened in the 1840s. Architect LDA Design's plan include creating wildflower meadows, a boating lake, a skate park, sports pitches, and inevitably, the headline-grabbing stuff: an artificial waterfall dropping into one of the existing lakes, and an urban beach on the other. Yep, another London sandspot — add it to the Thames beach and the surfers' paradise at Silvertown, and the city's reputation as Bondi-on-Thames will be complete. Keen swimmers will be a little disappointed to see that the plans don't (as yet) include re-opening the Victoria Park lido, which was closed and subsequently demolished in 1990 — the one in London Fields, which was re-opened in 2006, is immensely popular — but swimming in a freshly-scrubbed lake, as locals were wont to do in the 19th century, will suffice. Tower Hamlets has ponied up half of the money required, while the other £5 million will be sourced via a Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Last Updated 01 September 2009