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Mile End Park, London

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Mile End Park is a park located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is a linear park of some 32 hectares (79 acres), and was created on industrial land devastated by World War II bombing. Some of the park is within Limehouse and Globe Town, with the park lying on land to the east of the Regent's Canal. In the north, it is separated from the southern edge of Victoria Park by the Hertford Union Canal. It is open 24 hours a day.

A plan existed from the end of the war to create the park, but extensive development did not begin until the end of the millennium. A pedestrian bridge, opened in July 1999, was built over the Mile End Road, which bisects the park, near Mile End tube station. The bridge was designed by Piers Gough. Prior to the park's construction, 193 Grove Road - at the edge of the park - was transformed by sculptor Rachel Whiteread into a cast of its interior. This work won her the Turner Prize in 1993.

In 1381, 60,000 Men of Essex camped here and met Richard II at Mile End, on 14 June 1381, during the Peasants' Revolt.
The park now consists of a number of elements (running north–south): The Play Arena - for children, The Ecology Park - including a lake, an ecology building, wind turbine and climbing wall, The Arts Park, The Green Bridge, The Terraced Garden, The South Park, Adventure Park, Sports Park - including the Mile End stadium, Kirk's Place and The Children's Park. Nearby are an extreme sports centre and an electric Go kart track.

The Ragged School Museum opened in 1990 in three canal side former warehouses in Copperfield Road. It faces the western edge of the park south of Mile End Road. The buildings previously housed Dr Barnado's Copperfield Road Ragged School.

The park has been awarded the London First Award, the Green bridge the Institution of Civil Engineers Award of Merit, a commendation at the British Construction Industry Awards and a special commendation from the Prime Minister's Award.
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  • Small supermarket with all you need, urgently or for your daily shopping. Nice staff and easy to check out through the self service cashier.  more »
  • The mile end park is long and thin and runs along side the Regent's canal. It is very pleasant and has distinct "areas" including a Sports park, an Ecology park, Arts park and a Terrace garden. A...  more »
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  • This is one of my favourite place to go and relax and feed the squirrels. It’s got two parts one part which is an open field and trees surrounding it, and another part which is the canal where you can go and sit on benches and either chill or eat some food. This is a big park so you have loads of space to have time to yourself. No dogs about which could be a bonus for some. And there’s a few local food places if you get hungry.
  • I was surprised just how well thought out this whole area is. Well worth the effort to get here. Can be enjoyed as part of a Regents Canal walk. Lots of interesting features to be seen.

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