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Big Changes in Hackney

Mabley Metamorphoses

Mabley Green

A huge transformation has taken place at Mabley Green, with the flat landscape having been radically altered to create a rich parkland. At the heart of the park is a community growing area based on woodland principles maintained by the local community. A new floodlit all weather pitch has been constructed as well as a new play area which is specifically aimed at autistic children.

Shiny New Stonebridge

Stonebridge Gardens

The giant blue snake of Stonebridge Gardens is now keeping a watchful eye on the new landscaping that has been completed to improve the park. The old tarmac football pitch which dominated the park has been removed and a contemporary new games area has been created.

The access to the park has been improved with a new entrance linking the Haggerston West Estate to the park.

Millfields Park Gains Green Flag

Millfiedls Park

£700,000 has been spent on improvements to Millfields and it’s facilities which has resulted in the the park’s team being awarded a Green Flag award. The old paddling pool has been converted into a children’s cycle plaza with a new central planted area and the layby and railings which sliced south Millfields in two have been removed and returned to parkland.

Resurfacing of the park’s tennis courts has also been undertaken as well as improvements to the bench and bin provision in the park.

Springfield’s past will point to the future

Springfields Park

From Roman coffins to wartime allotments, Springfield Park which was originally laid out by JJ Sexby, has a rich heritage. The park opened as a public park in 1905 and takes its name from its unique geology.

It was formed from the grounds of three private houses, of which only Springfield House (The White House) remains. The park is 14.73 hectares in size, with formal gardens and conservation areas and has extensive views across Walthamstow Marshes.

Consisting of 14.73 hectares it has formal gardens and conservation areas with extensive views across Walthamstow Marshes.

Linking up London Fields

London Fields

A new pathway has been laid connecting the northern play area with the rest of the park’s path network. The path links the park’s toilets to the play area; the mud track which it replaces was often inaccessible in the winter months. Where the path runs under the canopies of the trees it has been built on a raft system in order not to impact on the trees roots.

Clissold Park

Clissold Park

Clissold Park is visited by over 3 million visitors each year. To put that into context, it is the equivalent of 37.75 Olympic stadiums full to the brim or the entire population of Hackney visiting the park 13 times a year.

The park is also the beneficiary of over 3,500 volunteer hours which is worth the equivalent of over £25k of staff time. The park is often looking for Learning and Engagement Volunteers to help support the Schools and Audience Development programmes in the park. If you are interested in working outdoors and helping local school children explore the park and learn about nature and wildlife, then contact lucy.gijesen@hackney.gov.uk

Multi‐use games areas: There are numerous multi use games areas (MUGAs) across the borough of Hackney. Refurbishment of the Clissold Park MUGA has been undertaken. The court has had its surface remarked and new goals and basketball hoops fitted.

Works to refurbish the MUGA and its flood lights at Butterfield Green have also been completed along with the resurfacing of the basketball practice court.

Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park cemetery

A big thank you to an enthusiastic group of volunteers from Aecom who helped improve the accessibility of the children’s garden in Abney Park Cemetery. They dug and levelled the ground, laid a membrane and barrowed in load after load of play bark before edging the space with logs recovered from the park.

If your company would like to volunteer in one of Hackney’s parks, then get in touch with parks@hackney.gov.uk. For further information, see Abney Park.

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