Burgess Park is one of the biggest in south London, covering 46 hectares.
It has recently undergone an £8,000,000 transformation funded by the Creation Trust, the Mayor of London and Southwark council.
The improvements are extensive and include major re-landscaping of the park, enhancements to the lake, new footpaths and cycle routes, a new play area, BMX track and barbecue areas (the only park in Southwark with this facility). The effect is simply stunning. The water features are particularly gorgeous, especially if you catch them when the sun is shining. It's very child friendly too, with state of the art playgrounds and accompanying facilities.
The park took shape after World War II. Beforehand it consisted mainly of housing, industrial and transport infrastructure. Over the years the area was slowly landscaped into something approaching what we have today. One old feature that still survives is the Grand Surrey Canal which ran into Addington Wharf, the remaining part being the site of Camberwell Wharf. Many of the homes demolished were derelict but plenty of functional property was also destroyed which did not go down too well with the locals at the time. The Park was named in 1973 after Jessie Burgess, Camberwell's first woman mayor.
A grand project, the park has often felt slightly neglected so it's fantastic to see its full potential realised now. Keep an eye out for one of the many events that take place there - so far the park has hosted 'house building for bees', an inflatable Stonehenge and canal walks.