People Need Parks
Residents can enjoy their very own Haringey-cation this summer, and beyond, with a massive and diverse programme of free activities in the borough’s parks.
The council’s People Need Parks initiative launches on Saturday 26 June in Lordship Recreation Ground from 12 – 5pm. The new scheme provides park activities which are free, accessible and inclusive. As a bonus, activities will run through to the autumn.
Much of the packed programme is aimed at usually under-represented groups including women and girls, the over 50s, those with disabilities or those from black and ethnic minorities, as well catering for children and families.
The launch event brings together People Need Parks with Youth Fest and a Celebration of the Friends of Parks’ Birthday. Free activities on offer include zorbing, sports, arts and crafts, dance, stalls and much more. It’ll be a bumper day of fun in the park!
Cllr Mike Hakata, the Deputy Leader of Haringey Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency, said:
"Parks have never been more important. They are places for people to relax, play and connect with nature.
"The first lockdown last year revealed just how important our parks are. These are the shared gardens for all residents. The world has changed and more and more people are working from home, making our green and open spaces even more crucial to daily health and wellbeing. Our summer programme is a celebration of our parks, bringing communities together whilst boosting physical and mental health.
"We want Haringey to be a place of green open spaces that everyone can access. That includes encouraging those into our parks, who may not necessarily do so. People Need Parks summer events are a great opportunity for residents to enjoy a wide range of free activities in our parks."
The free summer and autumn events are part of a wider initiative, which includes a new People Need Parks strategy launching for consultation soon.
The document will outline how the council will manage, maintain, and activate parks over the coming years and how residents can get more involved in the decision-making process for parks and green spaces in Haringey.
The People Needs Parks free activity programme is taking place in 18 of Haringey’s parks across the summer. The parks include:
- Belmont Recreation Ground
- Bruce Castle Park
- Brunswick Park
- Chestnuts Park
- Down Lane Park
- Downhills Park
- Hartington Park
- Fairland Park
- Finsbury Park
- Lordship Recreation Ground
- Markfield Park
- O.R. Tambo Recreation Ground
- Paignton Park
- Priory Park
- Russell Park
- Stationers Park
- Woodside Park
- White Hart Lane Recreation Ground
For a full list of activities and how-to sign-up visit the dedicated People Need Parks webpage.
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