Kids love the huge expanse of play areas in the south of the Park, which are designed to let them explore and play freely. Gigantic red rocks form challenging climbing frames up to broad slides, with oversized swings and a giant sand pit that mean waiting your turn isn’t an issue.
Formed from the gap left by a bridge which was used during the London 2012 Games, the vibrant red climbing wall is one of the Park’s most popular destinations for climbing fans. The climbing wall features handholds suitable for traversing or bouldering.
Renaming of the Boulevard
On 18th October 2018, it was announced that the Boulevard which contains the Pleasure Gardens was going to be renamed in honour of Tessa Jowell MP who was instrumental in bringing the Games to London. The Mayor’s office issued the following press release:
A popular walkway in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is to be named in memory of the former Culture Secretary Baroness Tessa Jowell.
Tessa, who died last May, played a major role in securing the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for London.
The route to be named in honour of the much-loved former MP runs through the Pleasure Gardens in the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, starting at the Orbit and passing along the waterways to Carpenters Lock in the centre of the park.
The tree-lined promenade, hung with lanterns, was originally used as the main pedestrian plaza during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It has since been redesigned by one of the world’s leading landscape architects, James Corner Field Operations (creators of the New York High Line) and the renowned planting designer Piet Oudolf. It is now one of the park’s most spectacular outdoor spaces incorporating play areas, fountains, theatre spaces and flower beds.
The official name for the promenade will be announced next year after discussions between Tessa’s family, the Mayor and the London Legacy Development Corporation.
The Boulevard was officially renamed "Tessa Jowell Boulevard" in June 2019.