Visit the Diana Memorial Fountain

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Anyone visiting Hyde Park should make sure they make time for a trip to the Diana Memorial Fountain.

Opened by the Queen in July 2004, the unique memorial is dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash in 1997.

The fountain was designed by an American artist Kathryn Gustafson at a cost of £3.6 million – taking around a year to construct.

Its design was to reflect Diana’s personality, as well as being an attractive place for visitors to come and enjoy.

Speaking at the opening of the fountain Ms Gustafson said: “Above all I hope that it provides a fitting memorial for the princess and does credit to the amazing person that she was.”

A total of 545 pieces of Cornish granite were used to build the fountain, with each one cut by high-tech computers and fitted together using traditional craftspeople.

The main part of the fountain is a large, oval stream bed, which measures around 50 metres by 80 metres and cuts across a large grassy field. It is however, quite shallow and this means it is perfect for anyone wanting to wade in the waters.

At one end of the stream bed, the bottom is sculpted into various steps, curves and different shapes so that the water travels across it making interesting patterns.

Close by is also the Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground and this is perfect for families visiting the park.

Opened in 2000, the playground has welcomed more than one million people to its great play equipment. The inspiration for the large area was the famous story of Peter Pan – in fact, there is a statue dedicated to JM Barrie’s tale in the Kensington Gardens to the west of the Long Water.

At the centre of the playground is a large wooden pirate ship, surrounded by a sensory trail, teepees and several toys and interactive sculptures.

There are also plenty of seats for parents who want to take a rest or enjoy a picnic, while the children continue to play.

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