Burgess is an amazing man made park. You can see hints of it past life incorporated within it, such as the lime kilns and the many bridges that used to cross the canal that once flowed there.
Burgess has something for everyone with tennis courts, two children's play areas, an open air exercise area, a designated bbq area, a fishing lake with ducks and geese and plenty of wide open space for walking, biking and whatever else takes your fancy.
I love this park and it connects Walworth Rd and Old Kent Road which is super useful on a nice day.
I think its reputation of being a bit of a rough place has stuck, having said that I would probably not walk through as a shortcut alone at night... so yeah the bad rep has stuck.
Anyway its great because the events they have on always draw a mixed crowd and have a real community feel about them, they also feel very safe (back to that sorry) and a little village-y which is hard to find in London.
Its a great location to sit in green but be in close distance to pubs and restaurants of all descriptions when the weather inevitably turns on you!