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

We want to turn the play area into a space which:

  • is accessible to all
  • can adapt to different weather extremes
  • offers shade and shelter
  • improves access to the nature garden

Have your say on the plans by visiting the Commonplace website (external link) and giving us your feedback.

You can comment on the plans between 23 January and 5 March 2023.

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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.

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Page Last Updated:

February 6, 2023

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