The man-made Mile End Park was created in the 1940s to ensure there were several green spaces that connected the city to the River Thames. Although the idea didn’t quite flourish, Mile End Park is situated right beside the Regent’s Canal. The park was erected on a site that had been destroyed by World War II bombing, and its odd design is split in two by Mile End Road, with a bright green bridge connecting the two sides. Guided walks and events like Easter Egg Hunts take place throughout the year, and the arts pavilion hosts exhibitions, often by local artists or graduate shows; it can also be used for private hire. Additionally there is a lake, play area for kids, a climbing wall and wind turbine, plus nearby attractions include a go-karting track. The park also contains a figure by British sculptor Rachel Whiteread, for which she won the 1993 Turner Prize. Mile End Leisure Centre and Stadium, located at the southern tip of the park, has an athletics track, football pitch, tennis courts and a swimming pool and serves as a training centre for many Olympic and elite competitors.