South Norwood Lake and Grounds
|South Norwood Lake and Grounds|
South Norwood Lake
|Operated by||London Borough of Croydon|
|Status||Open all year|
South Norwood Lake and Grounds is a park in South Norwood in the London Borough of Croydon. The main entrance is in Woodvale Avenue while other entrances are located in Auckland Road and Sylvan Road. The area measures up to 281⁄2 acres 11.53 hectares.
The lake was originally created as a reservoir for the Croydon Canal, which from 1809 to 1836 ran between Croydon and the Grand Surrey Canal at New Cross. Today is now used by local anglers, who fish for carp, bream and perch among others, and Croydon Sailing Club. The lake is also home to a variety of aquatic birds including a number of great crested grebes as well as regularly sighted herons and ringed-necked parakeets that can be seen nesting on the island.
As well as the lake there is a bowling green, tennis and basketball courts, football pitches, a cricket pitch, a playground and a trim trail. The park still has active Park Rangers and has a Park Ranger's office with public toilets.
In 2004 there was a massive fishing kill due to blue green algae and the predominant fish species left was Carp and Perch. The Carp at the time were over 20+ up to 39 lb and were noted to be picky as there were few other fish in the lake to eat the food. The lake itself has lots of natural food including a blood worm bar.
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