Southwark Park first opened its gates to the public in 1869, and was one of the earliest parks to be opened by the Metropolitan Board of Works. The design of the park is attributed to Alexander McKenzie and covers an area of 25 hectares.
The park boasts London’s first public memorial to honor a working class man – a drinking fountain to commemorate Mr. Jabez West, a member of a local Temperance Society.
The Ada Salter rose garden was built in 1936 by Alfred Salter, MP for West Bermondsey. It was attributed to his wife Ada when she passed away years later. They both wanted to create a place of beauty where mothers and the elderly could sit.
In 2001, the park underwent a major refurbishment with £2.5m from the Heritage Lottery Funds. A replica of the 1833 bandstand from the Great Exhibition was replaced.
Many parts of the park were restored to their former glory, including a new bowling pavilion and a new children’s play area. The lake was finally restored to its original pre World War II size and the main gates were repaired.
Address: Park Entrances, Jamaica Road, Lower Road, Southwark Park Road and Gomm Road., London SE16 2EH
WE COULD NOT REVIEW AS THE PLAYGROUND WAS CLOSED (1ST MAY 2018), A VERY UPSET 3 YEAR OLD PHOTOS FROM OUTSIDE.