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“Almost as good as it used to be!”
Review of East Park

East Park
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
“Almost as good as it used to be!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Its so nice to review something on my doorstep. East Park received a lottery grant a few years ago and mostly its been put to excellent use. If you go 'outside hours' ie on a weekend after 5 oclock toilet facilities are all locked up, as are the tea rooms etc It would be nice to see extened hours for the park in summer as it is still busy right up to gates closing at 8.30. On the plus side there are the usual lake, boats, kids play areas and huge grass fields, but also there is a great new animal section which keeps the animals safe after hours. There are many birds, goats, pigs, horses, and a walk through aviary. They have also refurbished my childhood favourite of the splash boat...add one great corner shop serving ice creams and hot food and there you have it, a wonderful park. Take some time to rediscover it, I promise you its well worth it.

Visited May 2014
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“Great afternoon”
Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Just got back from a fun afternoon in the sun in East Park. We started off in the animals area which is free. There are all sorts of birds and mammals and a few reptiles. Our 14 month old loved it.

Then we went for a coffee and a cake in the cafe. The staff were friendly, but they were closing at 3pm so it felt a bit of a rush. The cake was slightly dry, but it was late on in their day, and my latte was far too hot. But it was fine for a quick stop off.

Next we went to the playground which is excellent for little ones and older kids alike. Ours enjoyed the swings and a slide as well as the bouncy floor!

Finally we went to feed the ducks in the lake. We enjoyed this although the geese were a little too close for comfort for the little one who's only been walking for a couple of weeks.

Overall it was a great afternoon in the park.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
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“Disappointing.”
Reviewed 10 May 2014

As a child, I grew up opposite East Park and it was inevitably my favourite playground. I had merely to cross the road to gain access to what then seemed indefinite and exciting adventure. In the summertime the flowerbeds were tremendous, with a centrepiece floral clock and a concealed rock-garden set in a sunken retreat.

Well...that was a long time ago. In August 2013 I visited for the first time in over 25years, and it was a pale and poor reflection of my childhood memories. Right in the middle of the grand avenue, a hideous needless "modern" cafe had been erected, utterly destroying the long walk and its panoramic vista. The flowerbeds were no longer anyone's pride and the clock had vanished altogether. But the greatest tragedy was the sunken rock-garden. The immaculate and imaginatively contrasted displays of conifer and alpine shrub that used to be, looked threadbare and unkempt, whereas the formerly beautiful lily-pond, with its tinkling cascade, clear waters and bright koi and goldfish more resembled a derelict industrial accident. The cascade was stopped, the fish presumably long-since poisoned and garbage strewed this former oasis of beauty. What-on-earth has happened.

The main lake once saw rowing boats punting back and forth under its highly ornate stone bridge, with grand ivy-clad Mallet Lambert High School as a the backdrop. But the boats are withdrawn. Likewise, a smaller annexe contained a motorboat facility where kids could hire tiny petrol-driven cruisers for 20 minutes or so. also now no more.

On the plus side, the model boating lake still functions with hardy souls deploying their radio-controlled wonders. And amazingly, the old splashboat still survives, though getting a ticket is now a silly rigmarole. The old aviary has been moved to a more lavish facility, at the cost of a playground of swings, roundabouts & slides. The "rockies" are also still there, but the wonderful "Khartoum" gates and the isolated watchtower have both mysteriously vanished.

In short, any park can be a pleasant relief from day-to-day bustle, and those unencumbered with the memory of better days will be unaware of what's been lost. But the parts no longer add up to the greater sum of their past. Now they are just the parts, some old, some new.

I think the authorities have let the public down. The `magic' has been replaced by `amenities'.

Visited August 2013
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“Lovely day out”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Large open spaces and not too busy. Great slide into pond. Lovely little ice cream shop. Being able to see animals and birds etc. No dog mess all over grass and great park for young kids.

Visited September 2013
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Grimsby
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“good day out”
Reviewed 3 May 2014

a very pleasant visit to the Park, walked the perimeter and also visited the animals, would recommend :-)

Visited April 2014
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