Another park given over to play is the Sir John McDougal Gardens in the Isle of Dogs. This park was named for a local member of the LCC and member of the flour milling family who had a factory in the location. It is linked by a footbridge to the blocks of flats across Westferry Road.
The park dates from the middle of the 20th Century, but was redesigned in the late eighties by the London Docklands Development Corporation. A stroke of genius in the design is to bring the ground level up to the top of the river wall which allows a view of the river, through railings, for even the youngest child.
On leaving the park it is worth crossing the road to see the very pretty Barkantine Garden opened by the late Queen Mother as a memorial to the people of east London.