What could be lovelier? A new park on the river Thames, south-facing to catch the sun, which like something in a fairytale would also float. Here people could bask and stroll, close to the lapping water, or splash in a swimming pool. It would be ready for the blessed summer of 2012, enriched not only by the Olympics, but also by the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year rule. It would make a perfect viewing point for joyous throngs to watch the 1,000-boat river pageant that is planned for the Queen’s Jubilee. It would be like those Venetian paintings of aquatic festivals in La Serenissima, brought to life in the here and now. The park, invented and designed by the architects Gensler, would run from the Millennium bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral to close to the Tower of London and Tower bridge, linking some of London’s prime tourist spots. It would serve the City of London, an area short of open space. It would be there for five years, after which it could be taken away if people didn’t like it. It would also cost the public nothing. The Singaporean asset-management company Venus will pay the entire £50m cost, and… Read full this story
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