Ruskin Park is a popular spot for residents of Camberwell, Brixton and Herne Hill and is named after John Ruskin, the writer, thinker and philanthropist.
The park opened in 1907 after local residents campaigned for it to be built on 24 acres of land on Denmark Hill. The famous parks designer J.J. Sexby laid out the site and the Park was officially opened to the public on the 2nd of February 1907 and further enlarged in 1910. Houses had to be cleared but the original portico from 170 Denmark Hill still remains and the bandstand (built in 1911) has recently been restored. It is now used regularly for musical events.
This section of park is particularly pretty, with plenty of trees (over 600 in fact) and a small pond which attracts a variety of wildlife including moorhens, mallards and Canada geese. The cherry blossom is always a highlight come spring and the old bowling green is being redeveloped into a contemporary garden.
There is plenty to do in Ruskin Park. Sporty types will make use of the tennis courts, football pitch and basketball courts. Families are well catered for too, with a playground, paddling pool and one o’clock club. The most frequent visitors tend to be local dog walkers - the regulars are on familiar terms. Please note that some areas, like the playground, bandstand and formal gardens, are dog free zones. It is also a convenient venue for a run - jogging a few laps of the park is therapeutic way to stretch your legs.
Green fingered people will be interested in the Ruskin Park Community Garden, a large vegetable plot where local residents gather to grow fruit and veg. There are weekly ‘dig days’ where anyone is welcome to come along. For more info visit http://www.ruskinparkcommunitygarden.org/about