Community unites to celebrate and improve their local park
By Chloe Tait, Co-Chair of the Friends of Hartington Park and Carbuncle Passage
Located near the new Spurs ground and just a short walk from both Bruce Grove and Tottenham Hale stations, Hartington Park is at the centre of a busy and diverse residential area.
Last month, the Friends of Hartington Park and Carbuncle Passage (a group of local residents volunteering our time to make Hartington Park better, brighter and safer for all), organised a community picnic in the park, as part of the nationwide event, The Great Get Together.
Inspired by the late Jo Cox MP, The Great Get Together encourages local communities to unite and celebrate.
Our local event was an opportunity for us to invite people to meet their neighbours and enjoy the park, whilst taking part in various activities and entertainment organised on the day.
As part of the event, we gathered views from locals as to what they want from their park, asking them what they currently like, what they think the issues are, and what they want to see more of.
Broadly, we are concerned about anti-social behaviour in the park and the amount of litter and unwanted items dumped there. Our conversations with local residents and organisations that border the park support this.
We would like an improved park for all who wish to enjoy it. We also think Hartington needs some new facilities that suit a wider range of park users of varying ages, and with different accessibility needs– having some of the pathways and entry points looked at, would make Hartington more easily useable for those with specific access requirements.
We would like to see better lighting and more planting, and we are considering whether a walking loop around the outside would offer something for joggers and cyclists.
These are just some initial ideas however, and we will be looking at the results of the public consultation to decide what to take forward.
We will seek approval for our final plans and look to secure funding to start making them a reality.
We want to put Hartington Park on the map, showcasing its place within a network of fantastic green spaces, which include, Lordship Recreation Ground, Bruce Castle Park, Down Lanes Park and the Lea Valley Canal network.