London Planes at Deptford Park photo: Stephen Craven
|Area||7.07 hectares (17 acres)|
|Status||Open year round|
History of the park
Deptford Park was originally a market garden belonging to the estate of the Evelyn family. Located near the River Thames, it was renowned for its onions, celery and asparagus. In 1884, London County Council bought the land for the creation of a public park. It was designed by the chief parks officer Lt Col J.J. Sexby and opened to the public in 1897.
Park design and features
The park covers an area of 7.07 hectares (17 acres) and is accessed from Evelyn Street, with the entrance retaining traditional iron gates and railings and a small avenue of London plane trees. The original structure of the park is largely intact, with a perimeter pathway lined with further mature London planes.
Facilities include a football pitch and play area. Recent regeneration of the park has included installation of a new children’s playground and ‘The Avenue’, a redesigned entrance way leading to a formal paved area with seating.
Other local green spaces
The south-west corner of the park is in close proximity to railway tracks, which separate it from the small 1970s park Folkestone Gardens, approximately 0.1 miles (0 km) away. Sayes Court Park, an historic garden also built on land belonging to the Evelyn family, is around 0.5 miles (1 km) away and provides access to the Thames Path.