Local parks were considered safe places for unaccompanied children. A park keeper was employed to ensure that the area was clean and secure day and night.
In 1864 the Metropolitan Board of Works bought 64 acres in Rotherhithe to create Southwark Park for the growing dockland population of Bermondsey.
Kitty remembers days at the park:
London's 'lungs' remain a highlight for many residents seeking refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. The parks are still maintained by keepers and retain the old family favourites such as lakes for watching the swans and playing with model boats.
Parks are constantly being transformed as they respond to the needs of the changing local community, with adventure playgrounds, tennis courts and even nature reserves close to the river.
Kevin regularly visits Greenwich Park:
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