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Central Park

River Way, North Greenwich, London, SE10 0BE

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  • Central Park is a linear park located on the Greewich Penisula.
  • It is owned by the Greater London Authority.
  • It is bounded by West Parkside and East Parkside.
  • It runs from John Harrison Way in the south, close to the Greenwich Peninsular Ecology Park.
  • To the north it reaches the pedestrian area at the O2 complex.
  • The park is not fenced and is open 24 hours a day.
  • There is street lighting on the main paths.
  • At the time of our visit (May 2014) the main continuous step-free path next to East Parkside was partially closed.
  • There are alternative step-free paths along West Parkside and diagonally across the park.


  • The venue is situated within the centre of the area.
  • This venue is situated in Greenwich Peninsula.
  • The venue is not in a pedestrian area.
  • There is a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Westcombe Park / Charlton.
  • The nearest underground station is North Greenwich on the Jubilee Line.
  • Comments View
    • The Emirates Airline (cable car) service, crossing the Thames to Royal Docks, is next to the park.
    • North Greenwich Pier for the riverboat services is also located next to the O2.


  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Park Entrances

  • There are many locations where the park can be entered from the roads which form its boundary.
  • The entrances do not have gates.
  • The entrances and paths are wide enough for all wheelchairs and electric mobility scooters.
  • Where the park is crossed by a road there are dropped kerbs.
  • These generally have tactile paving.

Inside Access (Main Paths - East Parkside)

  • The main park path runs parallel with East Parkside.
  • It is a wide path with a smooth firm surface.
  • It is level or with easy slopes.
  • At the time of our visit (May 2014), a large section of this path was closed because of building work next to the park.
  • Running close to and parallel with the main path is a smaller path.
  • This appears to be three paths next to each other, with a medium unmarked step between them.
  • The highest level is intended to be the continuous footpath.
  • It is generally level or with easy slopes.
  • There are two locations where the path is interrupted by a medium step which is not overcome by a ramp.
  • Please see level change section for more details.
  • The middle level is interrupted by concrete bench seating and in some sections the hard surface is replaced by grass.
  • The lower level is interrupted at regular intervals by tree planting, which blocks the full width.

Level Change (East Path)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp.
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located on the upper level path.
  • There is / are 1 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.
  • The ramp/slope does not bypass the step(s).
  • Comments View
    • There are two locations on the upper path where an easy ramp connects with the middle and lower levels.
    • This ramp can only be reached when walking from north to south.
    • From the opposite direction, the position of the ramp forms a step in the path that cannot be bypassed.

Level Change (Route to River Way from East Parkside path)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located leading to River Way from the south.
  • There is / are 9 step(s) to the area / service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on the right going up.
  • Comments View
    • These steps link the main footpath on East Parkside with River Way.
    • Arrving from the north, there is a similar set of 7 steps.
    • These steps are shallow.
    • They do not have handrails.
    • River Way is a small cul-de-sac where The Pilot public house and hotel is located.
    • There are uneven cobbled surfaces on the steps and the paths leading from them.
    • The main path continues level to the east of the steps.
    • There are also paths with easy slopes from the East Parkside path linking with West Parkside.
    • These paths can be used as an accessible route to River Way.

West Parkside Path

  • There is a second linear route along the west side of the park.
  • This path has some easy slopes.
  • The surface is of compacted granular material and is rough in some areas.

Toilet with Adaptations

  • There are not accessible toilet facilities within this venue.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • There are a small number of bench seats on the East Parkside path.
  • Additional concrete block seats are located on the middle level.
  • These are one, medium, unmarked step down from the main path level.
  • There is further seating in the pedestrian area, north of Edmund Halley Way.