Once part of the Evelyn Estate, an oasis of greenery in a heavily urbanised area of the borough of Lewisham. Bordered by mature plane trees, it makes a pleasant walk around the wide, perimeter pathway.
The site of Deptford Park, originally a market garden, was sold by the Evelyn family to the London County Council, in 1884, and the park was officially opened to the public on 7 June 1897. Deptford Park, covers seven acres and has the following facilites:
PlayClub (run by local volunteers Evelyn Parent's Forum)
Non-turf cricket square
Toilets and Changing Rooms (Restricted Opening Hours)
Opening Hours: Dawn to dusk
Getting there: the park is a 15minute walk from Surrey Quays Overground Station and is directly on the 47, 188, 199 buses running along Evelyn Street or 225 bus running along Trundleys Road.
Deptford Park currently holds Green Flag status
Formerly a section of housing until a wartime V2 rocket destroyed the area, Folkestone Gardens is a peaceful space with undulating mounds surrounded by mature trees. There is also a small pond where you might feed the ducks with a bun.
The park also hosts a small cafe/restaurant called Festa sul prato where you can get great coffee and an enticing menu.
The following facilities can be found in the park:
Cafe: Festa Sul Prato
Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA)
Table Tennis (Bats available in cafe)
Opening Hours: 24/7
Getting there: the 225 bus running along Trundleys Road and TfL's Cycle Quietway 1 also runs through the park which is a traffic-free path from Greenwich to Waterloo. New Cross station is 15mins walk away.