Cody Dock sits in between London's new cable car, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Park, built in the 1870s, it slipped through the cracks of east London’s regeneration, lying abandoned and sealed off for decades.
It's the last barrier blocking people from walking the length of the Lea River.
This project will fund the construction of the new pedestrian bridge - the missing piece in the jigsaw that will enable us take down the gates and open up the dock for everyone to enjoy this lovely section of London's second river.
At a stroke, we’ll be removing one of the final obstacles in a continuous 26-mile riverside walk, running all the way from Hertfordshire to the Thames.
Eventually, our vision is for the dock to become a thriving community hub filled with creative studios, workshops and social enterprises, all set around a new marina for canal boats and beautiful gardens.
It will be a truly special and unique place - a people-powered regeneration project.
What we'll do:
Why it's a great idea:
The southern section of the Lower Lea Valley is one of London’s most neglected public spaces, rich with industrial history.
The derelict dock currently acts as a barrier to pedestrians and cyclists accessing an amazing greenway corridor which runs from Hertfordshire, through Waltham Abbey and the Olympic Park, before ending at the Thames.
An array of wildlife rarely seen in metropolitan regions already lives around the dock. Opening up this section of the Lea and increasing public awareness we will help ensure the future health of this special habitat.
How we'll get it done:
This inspiring project has already drawn the attention of national media and supporters includes the actor David Suchet, public artist Richard Wilson, Lord Andrew Mawson and the local born Billy Bragg. Do join them!
This is the first phase of our vision to turn the dock into a vibrant working marina for London’s under-served boating community and a hub for the arts.
The master plan includes a visitor centre, café and exhibition space sustained by a mix of social enterprises renting new affordable studio and mooring space.
By backing this project you’ll be kick-starting this exciting vision for Cody Dock and helping to put a forgotten corner of the capital on its cultural map.
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