The London River Park has been met with an overriding sense of opposition. Although many people support the idea of a park experience on the Thames, many are unhappy with the “corporate” appearance and the uses of the pavilions for financial gain. Would it be a park for the public or a private money-making scheme on a jetty? It seems site specific considerations have not been fully taken into account, as the financial backers have eluded to the fact it could be constructed elsewhere; it is not unique to London.
On top of problems with design, public access and financial integrity, there are also concerns about the effect on the ecology and potential damage to the river environment.
Overall, we believe this project has potential. However, the current proposition needs rethinking to make it appropriate for London.