Thames Barrier Park

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Thames Barrier Park
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The beautiful Thames Barrier Park, opened in 2001, was London's first new park for half a century. It has a lush sunken garden of waggly hedges and and offers perhaps the best views from land of the fabulously sculptural Thames Barrier. The park features a children's play area, a fountain plaza where kids can splash about and a five-aside football/basketball court. The Thames Barrier Information and Learning Centre lies at the opposite end of the barrier on the south sde of the river.
Venue name: Thames Barrier Park
Address: North Woolwich Rd

E16 2HP
Opening hours: Daily from 7am, closing times vary by month
Transport: Bus: 474 bus; Rail: Pontoon Dock DLR
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Michael R

This park requires maintenance.

The memorial pavilion has wooden floor boards missing, is closed and surrounded by high temporary fencing so there is no protection from rain at the river end.

The land owner (the GLA - Boris & the London assembly?) have apparently (according to a notice in the cafe) sold the free 50 car car park between pontoon dock dlr station and the park entrance to a private developer. Will the developer of 270 social housing units be obliged to provide parking for park users? It seems unlikely? What a bizarre notion to sell part of one of the only sizeable public spaces in the east of London when all around it high rise developments are sprouting. Will the GLA ensure there is parking. Isn't mad (wednesbury unreasonable) for a local authority to lose a parking space between a park and a train station.

The wood decking around the cafe is in need of renovation.

The marble slabs on the path need to be straightened.

The wildflower sections of lawn under the trees between the playground and the cafe has been mown. Derr? Wild? You don't mow wildflowers. You leave them to go to seed, regenerate naturally and provide homes for insects and birds etc.

Is this disrepair intentional? Is the GLA intending to sell off the rest of the park on the grounds that it's unloved? The chirpy cafe proprietor has heard that there are plans to "develop" the park. Why not leave it as a park and playground and just maintain it and keep it safe and a haven from the wild urban chaos and industry nearby. Why doesn't the GLA put some of the developers mighty cash piles back where it came from? Boris your comments please...

There is space to the right of the sunken garden facing the river that might be just big enough and out of the way enough for a junior game of cricket. Wouldn't it be useful to have a pavilion to go to in the unlikely event of a shower of rain? Ball games require special consent according to the tired sign recordin the by-laws of the park sporting the logo of the Docklands Development Agency.

why not let the disconnected local youth of silver town, Canning Town and the lovies and yuppies of lea mouth plan to meet in the spring with the help of the mayor and mayoral candidates for a spot of DIY, joined up thinking and sport in the sun?

Michael Reason

wapping Stepney & canningtown