King George's Park

Coordinates: 51°26′56″N 0°11′39″W / 51.44889°N 0.19417°W / 51.44889; -0.19417

King George's Park is a main park spanning Wandsworth and Southfields, South London.

The park pond in 2014

SummaryEdit

The park was originally called Southfields Park and was laid out in 1922.[1] It was officially opened by King George V in 1923. The park is about 770 metres (2,530 ft) long, north–south, with an average width of 120 metres (390 ft). The Wandle forms the eastern boundary. It has three areas of approximately equal size. In the north is a leisure area; in the centre is a play area; in the south are sports fields.

DetailsEdit

The leisure area includes formal gardens, a bowling green, tennis courts, a wild-fowl lake (at one time with row boats), and shaded paths with many seats. As this is less than five minutes' walk from the main shopping area of Wandsworth, it is, in summer, a great place for eating picnic lunches.

The play area has a pavilion where children's play sessions are held (the One O'Clock Club). There was a small open-air swimming pool, but this was closed and has been removed. Also there are an ecological site and an adventure playground. There are paths for walking and for cycling, and a wide open grass field for ball sports, formal and informal.

The Wandle trail passes through the park. Along its path, it is possible to walk nearly 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) in a natural area save for crossing one minor road.[a]

The park can be entered through gates at the north and south ends, and on the east via a footpath its own bridge across the Wandle.

References and footnotesEdit

  1. ^ "King George's Park". London Parks Discovery Project. Park Explorer. 2004.
  1. ^ Kimber Road

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