O R Tambo rec: The play area will be closed until early December while we carry out essential drainage work. Sorry for any inconvenience.

O R Tambo Recreation Ground

Albert Road, N22

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Opening times

The park doesn’t close at night.

Facilities and accessibility


For more information about the café, basketball and football, please visit Pavilion Sports & Café (external link).


All Haringey parks are accessible to wheelchair users

See more accessibility information on AccessAble (external link).

Playground in park

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About your park

Oliver Reginald TamboBrass statue of Oliver Tambo having just been unveiled in the park.

Previously known as Albert Road Recreation Ground, on 9 February 2021 the park was renamed O R Tambo Recreation Ground. This was in memory of the world-renowned South African anti-apartheid campaigner, Oliver Reginald Tambo.

Oliver Tambo lived in Haringey in exile for over two decades, settling with his family in Muswell Hill.

The South African High Commission gifted Haringey a bronze bust and statue of him which sits proudly within the Rec.

Park history

A century ago, the Rec was an area of land with a brook running through it and no housing nearby. The land around it was developed in the 1900s for housing.

In 1925, the Rec changed from an informal open space to a formal recreation ground.

Green flag award

First awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2006, the park has kept it ever since.

Pavilion Sports and Café

The much-loved Pavilion provides a community focal point often used for meetings and parties.

It’s home to Haringey Tennis (external link), an organisation that manages and takes bookings for the Rec’s tennis courts.

Find out about the Pavilion and what’s on:

Park management

Find out about how the park is managed:

Friends group

The Friends group was founded in 2001 by a number of volunteers. They all have a keen interest in improving the park and involving the local community.

Find out more and get involved (please note, the group is still known by the old park name of Albert Road Recreation Ground):

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Planned improvements

November - December 2022 – drainage works (weather permitting)

Works are taking place to improve the drainage in the eastern field, to the south of the tennis and basketball courts, and also in the children's play area. 

The play area will be closed while these works take place. 

Once these works are complete there will be a community conversation regarding improvements to the play area, including the wildlife pond area. The timeline for this is not yet confirmed. Please check for updates here. 

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Parks and Ageing Well survey

We're developing a Parks and Ageing Well pilot project with our partners.

This is to map, identify and develop new activities and opportunities for older people (those aged 50+).

We're looking at this in 2 of our parks:

  • Lordship Recreation Ground
  • O R Tambo Recreation Ground

Take the Parks and Ageing Well survey and help us make a difference.

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Report a problem

If you think there’s a problem with this park, please report it.

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Location and directions


Albert Road
London, N22


How to get to O R Tambo Recreation Ground (external link)


Below is a list of upcoming events in O R Tambo Recreation Ground.

Event Date Start and finish times
There are currently no upcoming events.

Page Last Updated:

November 16, 2022

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