Hey! I live on one of the ugly housing estates :)
No you’re right they are ugly aren’t they.
New North Road, Hoxton, London N1 6TA
I as a local can only agree with you,its never changed for the better, it seems to be ignored by the council, till the shoreditch festival comes around,or some fairground company wants to use it, and yes dogs mess everywhere,
Shoreditch Park has never appealed to me. From outside it looks like a rather flat and bleak expanse of grass. It’s also bounded by some rather ugly housing estates. But in the interests of furthering my knowledge/reviews of my area, I knew I had to go in…
And I was pleasantly surprised to find it growing on me. On the summer evening when I visited the wide open expanses are busy with people playing games. In the centre there’s a path with some low benches where a gang of skateboarders (some of whom looked like they are actually office workers) were practising their moves. To add to the activity there’s a whole mass of courts for various games along the road just south of Britania Leisure Centre. Bookable at the centre, and actually in good nick and in use.
Other features are nice wavy benches, tile edgings along some of the paths and the Dorothy Thurtle Memorial Garden. There’s also some building work going on, to construct and open air performance space apparently.
There are still better parks in East London, but as a local park it’s still obviously providing an amenity to the locals, and if you are in the city and feeling sporty, you might want to pop along.
Nice to have a big open space in the middle of the surrounding concete/bricks but this park's completely exposed, so it's not particularly a relaxing place to chill with a paper or picnic (go down the road to Victoria Park for that).
Much better for playing sports. There's always football games going on and there's a big sports centre next door which has outdoor netball/basketball courts backing on to the park.
Shoreditch Park is well used by local people for running, walking and sports. Recent improvements have made a difference and more are planned.
The play area is the highlight of the park - a range of stylish and fun equipment is occupied by children from morning to night. Nearby is a beach volleyball pitch, sometimes used for its proper purpose and sometimes to make sandcastles. There are also tennis courts.
The park is not that pretty - despite some mature trees it still looks bare and slightly bleak. It was a bomb site and doesn't ever seem to have been properly landscaped. There aren't enough paths going in logical directions, and dog mess is a major problem.
The park is a much-needed green space in this built-up area of London - a shame it's only now being taken seriously.
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