Elephant Park’s nature-inspired play fountains have reopened for business.
Admittedly, at the time of writing, it’s a tad chilly for splashing about al fresco, but the Elephant Springs fountains — located in the new Elephant and Castle development/destination — will offer somewhere for kids and families to cool off in the hotter months.
Designed in 2019 by Mel Chantrey, the fountains feature the kinds of miniature waterfalls, mounds, ravines and babbling streams you’d expect from a natural spring. Elephant Springs is crafted from igneous porphyry stone, which is apparently hard-wearing and has good slip resistence.
A series of water-soaking jets and cascades are fed by an extensive underground water pipeline spanning 1,240 metres. There are several different water effects to enjoy, including hand-operated pumps, and jets that shoot up with the element of surprise. Kids can also block certain channels, and divert the water. In short, they’re going to get very wet.
Surrounding sandpits provide a beach-like area, ideal for sculpting castles and the like, while shady spots beneath the trees provide refuge for parents who want to stay cool and dry. Hammocks are also conveniently dotted about Elephant Springs.
From Hyde Park to the Olympic Park, London has a slew of wonderful play fountains, which are wildly popular during the sultry summer months.
Elephant Springs, Elephant and Castle, free