Disturbing news from Inside Croydon reader Anna Arthur after she took a walk in the park – Wandle Park – yesterday.
“I live next to Wandle Park and was very excited to visit for the first time since it has had a lot of work done,” Anna told us.
Wandle Park was closed in January 2012 for the start of extensive re-modelling works costing at least £1.4million.
As well as building a skate park, the area was remodelled to bring the course of the River Wandle back to the surface, at least for a brief distance within the park.
For more than a century, the Wandle, which runs north through Merton and on to the Thames at Wandsworth, was one of London’s lost rivers, buried beneath ground for much of its course and treated as little more than a sewer during the Victorian growth of the city.
“I was very upset to see it has already been vandalised,” Anna tells us, and provided some pictures of the mindless damage.
“Four of these ornamental bases have been broken. They haven’t even been stolen (that might make some sense), just thrown into the lake.”
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