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Mile End Park, which stretches over 79 acres alongside the Regent’s Canal in East London, is a brilliant place to take part in sports activities, relax in beautiful surroundings, and discover exciting public art and events. This superb London park has something to offer for everyone.
Mile End Park is absolutely unrecognisable from what it once was just a few decades ago. The area that is now the park was one of the most targeted places in London for German bombing raids during WWII as it was an important industrial site. For many years following the war, the area was derelict and forgotten.
At the end of the 20th century, work began to transform the area into the fantastic community park it is today. Since then, the park has become a hub for artistic activity and a place for families from all across London to relax and enjoy the canal-side views.
Mile End Park is a haven for wildlife in London. The Ecology Park is a section of the wider park by the canal and has a fantastic range of animal and plant species that have made their homes there. Many types of bird and insect live in the park; it’s a perfect place to hunt for mini-beasts in London.
The park is also home to incredible artwork. The Arts Pavilion at the park hosts many brilliant exhibitions throughout the year and is tucked away inside a grassy bank to emphasise the park’s connection to nature. All of the exhibitions at the park are free and open to everyone. The park was even the site of artist Rachel Whiteread’s House artwork, which won the 1993 Turner Prize before the park had been unveiled.
Mile End Park has many brilliant ways to get active. South of the park, you can find the Mile End Stadium and Leisure Centre. This impressive area includes a 400m running track, indoor gym, and sports pitches. There are loads of sporting activities available to get involved with at this purpose-built stadium.
At Mile End Park, you’ll find a fantastic play pavilion and children’s park. This playground has been imaginatively designed to appeal to children’s curiosity; the sandpit at the playground is formed from a dry riverbed and includes boats and bridges for kids to explore. There is also an abundance of play equipment for kids to use, including a castle climbing frame and fun water fountains.
There are tons of great things for older kids to get involved with at Mile End Park too. The park’s climbing wall is a very popular attraction and a great challenge for adventurous kids. There’s also the Mile End Park skate-park, which attracts local skateboarders from all across Tower Hamlets and is a fantastic place to try out skateboarding for the first time.
Mile End Park is a fantastic example of an urban park that has been able to blend in seamlessly to the local community. The park’s location made many supporters worried it would become fragmented by roads and lose the sense of connection between the different areas of the park.
The park’s designers tackled this problem by creating an impressive 'green bridge' which stretches above Mile End Road, connecting parts of the park. The urban location of the park also makes it easy to explore the borough’s local shops, cafés, and restaurants during a visit to the park.
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