Shoreditch Park

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Shoreditch Park in 2008

Shoreditch Park is an open space in Hoxton, in the London Borough of Hackney. It is bounded by Poole Street (to the north), Rushton and Mintern Streets (south) and New North Road (west) and Pitfield Street (east). The park derives its name from the Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch, the local authority when it was established. The park is 7.7 hectares (19 acres) in extent.[1]

The park was originally created in the 1970s on an area of terraced housing that had been devastated by the Blitz, and then used for temporary housing, known as prefabs. In 2005 and 2006, an extensive excavation was carried out by archaeologists from the Museum of London to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The excavation examined housing of the time, and investigated the damage caused by aerial bombing and missiles. It was pioneering in involving members of the local community in the project.[2]

The park has sports facilities, an adventure playground, children's playground, London's only outdoor beach volleyball court (managed by London Beach Volleyball Club.[3] Recent improvements include innovative low energy LED lighting, the creation of an outdoor amphitheatre in the park for theatre and cinema screenings; and an 85-tonne granite[4] boulder by the artist John Frankland. The Britannia Leisure Centre is adjacent to the park, on its north eastern boundary.

Shoreditch Park received a Green Flag award in July 2008.[5] The park is home to the annual Shoreditch Festival.[6]

The nearest London Underground station is Old Street on the Northern Line. Buses 21,76,141 and 271 stop on New North Road adjacent to the park.

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Coordinates: 51°32′05″N 0°05′14″W / 51.534794°N 0.087354°W / 51.534794; -0.087354