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Riverside Leisure Area is considered to be Gravesham Council’s premier open space – featuring a 19th century fort, play area, flower gardens and a waterfront promenade, it was also recently made the home of a new fitness zone in time for the London 2012 Olympics.
The park is made up of five separate and distinct elements – Fort Gardens, which was previously the New Tavern Fort, guarded the entrance to the Thames from 1870 and was converted into a garden in the 1930s.
The promenade area which has frontage onto the River Thames hosts a café and a newly built toilet block. There is also a play area, fitness zone and numerous benches that offer good views over the river. The Dell area has links to Gravesend’s military history as a defence ditch, while Gordon Memorial Gardens, dating from the 1890s, has formally laid out gardens with a statue of the celebrated General Gordon.
Finally, Gordon Pleasure Gardens has a lake which is available for fishing, a further play area, and paved walkways throughout. The site hosts regular events throughout the year, including Regattas, the Council run Big Day Out and a firework display. A commercially run fairground also visits several times a year. National Cycle Route 1 also passes through this area (along Gordon Promenade and past the Canal Basin), and then follows the route of the Thames and Medway Canal towards Higham.
Easy access information
This park and open space has well surfaced routes suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs, and has no width restricting features, such as stiles or non RADAR kissing gates.