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Central Park, East Ham: An ode to Summer…

Summer. Until next time.

It is a cold and drizzly morning in East Ham and today we are missing the buzz of summer. So we thought it was time to upload this little wee video we took of Central Park way back when the sun was high in the sky to help remind you all that it comes back, every year. No matter how dark December gets, April never far behind it AND we have an AWESOME park space to help us make the most of it. 

So for East Ham newbies, here is your insiders guide. For those of you who are born and bred bonafide Easties, hopefully this will remind you of the good times. 🙂

Wild flowers, monuments and a sun dial are amongst the charms of this Far East{London} park

It was a saturday, it was sunny (oh remember those heady days!) and East Ham’s very own Central Park was brimming, positively bustling with activities.

Joggers, tennis players, and sun bathers kicking back along with a couple of local five-a-sides, mothers stroll with snoozing babies and couples taking a turn amongst the wild flowers. It’s like a 1950’s holiday poster. Seriously.

This one is a well used park. Smack bang in the middle of East Ham it is a hive of activity from all walks of life. Literally something for everyone here.

Open since 1898, it is full of random exciting things

Open since 1898, Central Park is peppered with historic objéts like the the 1920’s water fountain at the Cheltenham Gardens entrance and an urn rescued from the demolished Cooperative building in the late 80’s, now nestled decoratively , if not a little randomly in the nature reserve on the west side of the park. Other random things to write home about; the red posts marking something (anyone know what? answers on a post card please?).

There is also the proud standing war memorial built for the WW1 32nd battalion Royal Fusiliers and a glorious 1920’s sun dial hiding quietly at the furthest north point of the park.

A history trail, a bowls green and playground. Fun for all the family!

For the kiddie-pops, there is a large play area and bags of space to run around. Plus a tree trail and a history trail inside the park where kids can hunt for um, history, or trees.

For the sport lovers, there is a tennis court, bowls green (the bowls club has been there since 1902 apaz!), and marked pitches for football as well as running tracks marked up to 1km.

The Nature reserve and grass meadow is a real winner

For the green seekers, this park is winner winner chicken dinner.

It has wide open spaces for picnics, flanked by beautiful old sycamore trees but our personal favourite is the wild flower and grass meadow which leads you into the nature reserve at the back. A beautiful piece of landscaped garden, planted carefully by the community with wild flowers of all colours and descriptions and crowned by the affore mentioned urn and ornamental pond fountain filled to the brim with rushes and lilies.

It is beautiful and wild – a far cry from the manicured serenity of Regents park and other inner city green spaces.

Then cap it all off with a cuppa…

When you are tired out from all that outdoorsy stuff there is a cafe in the middle, which offers standard teas and coffees, and cheap and cheerful snacks. Hurrah!

The deets:

What: A Far East{london} park with a nature reserve, playground, tennis court, bowls green, tree trails, and much more.

Where: Central Park, Central Park Road, East Ham, E6

£££: Freeeeeee! (except the cafe!)

Linky: here

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