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|Duke to Re-Open Victorian Battersea Park
- UKP11 million tart-up for one of London's prettiest spaces
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH is to open the revamped Battersea Park today.
The famous riverside park in south London has been the subject of a UKP11 million refurbishment with the aim of restoring it to something like the way it was intended to look way back when it first opened in 1854.
That has meant restoration of Victorian features such as the wrought-iron gates and fences and the re-introduction of pink gravel to some of the park's pavements. The latter change has drawn fire from disabled campaigners who say wheel-chair users will find it difficult to negotiate the gravel.
Along with the Victoriana, modern touches like a new boathouse for the lake and designer toilets have been included in the revamp.