Bobby Moore, David Beckham and Ian Wright - just three football heroes who began honing their talents on Hackney Marshes. Even Lionel Messi has made a brief appearance (via helicopter for a PR stunt by his boot sponsor).
With over 70 matches played every week and a sporting history that spans more than 100 years, its widely recognised as the spiritual home of Sunday league football.
There are currently 82 pitches - across North and South Marsh and Mabley Green - for football, rugby and cricket that are available for leagues, schools, community groups and visitors.
Following a multi-million pound improvement programme in the lead up to the 2012 Games, it now boasts the new Hackney Marshes Centre with 31 changing rooms, a café and terrace with a panoramic view of the park. It's a great venue for conferences, weddings, educational events and community events.
The marshes are valuable for wildlife and provide a variety of habitats: short and longer grassland and meadows, waterways and riverbank, trees, hedges and woodland. Spot a wide range of trees and plants, and animals such as green woodpeckers, thrush, tufted duck, swans, kingfishers, frogs and dragonflies along the footpath or cycle way.