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London’s Getting A Super Cool Floating Park

London’s Getting A Super Cool Floating Park

A new oasis of green is headed to London’s Paddington Basin in the form of a floating “pocket park”.

Plans for a floating park have just been approved by Westminster Council, who have given the go ahead to build a 730-square-metre platform over Grand Union Canal in Paddington Basin, a small canal basin located in the London suburb of Paddington.

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The floating park is set to open in spring and feature open lawns and Tibetan cherry trees. It has densely planted raised borders, communal seating and even a series of decked platforms and walkways that float over the water.

Move over the High Line, this might just be the world’s coolest inner city escape.

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The space will have Wi-Fi, programmable water, a light maze and be open all-year-round until dusk. Along the canal there’ll be boat mooring opportunities for boat-based traders to sell food and drinks. Dubbed a “pocket park” by developers, it will also feature an events and installation venue and a small reserve for wildfowl, which is off limits to humans.

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The floating park is slated to open in London’s spring at Merchant Square on the Grand Union Canal.

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