Parks set for £1m improvements as 10-year green space blueprint approved

Hackney’s parks are set for a spruce-up to the tune of £1million over the next year with works including refurbishing pathways, fences, play areas, sports pavilions and tennis courts across Hackney.

As part of the Hackney Parks and Green Spaces Strategy 2021-31, which was given the green light at Cabinet last week, essential repair works costing £725,000 will be carried out throughout this year and next to ensure that the existing parks infrastructure is maintained to an acceptable standard. 

In an effort to boost the borough’s recycling rate, £100,000 will be spent to replace single-use bins in the Council’s 58 parks with dual bins for both general waste and recycling.

There will also be £70,000 spent on repairs for the Clissold Park keeper’s lodge and £150,000 approved to replace the fencing of two all-weather pitches on Mabley Green - including an overhang to stop people climbing over and using the pitches when they are closed.

Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play
“We know how much people love our parks and green spaces, which have provided much-needed space to reflect, socialise and play throughout challenging times.

“Better infrastructure will enhance the park experience for residents and visitors, with improved sports facilities allowing more people to exercise and enjoy leisure activities together. 

“We are lucky to have incredibly active volunteers in Hackney dedicated to supporting our Parks team with community litter-picking events. Providing more recycling bins in the borough will help us all to be more conscious with our waste and keep our beautiful parks clean. 

“Our Hackney Parks and Green Spaces Strategy 2021-31 will help to ensure all our parks and green spaces are well maintained, and are the inclusive, sustainable, accessible, safe and welcoming places our communities need and deserve.”
Cllr Caroline Woodley, Cabinet Member for Families, Early Years, Parks and Play

The strategy will also see £100,000 committed to deliver one Connecting Green Spaces project per year for four years by working with residents and grassroots groups to enhance existing green spaces, improve their connection to the wider environment and make streets and other spaces greener.