Local N15 residents come together to redevelop Brunswick Park
By Patrick Duce
Local residents in the N15 area have come together with Haringey Council and other stakeholders to deliver a major new redevelopment of Brunswick Park (formerly Brunswick Open Space).
The small park, situated between West Green Road, Seven Sisters Road and Seven Sisters Station, has for many years struggled to attract local residents to use it. A convenient cut through for mopeds, and suffering from facilities neglect – it has long lagged behind the shining examples set by other local green spaces such as Tottenham Green, Chestnuts Park and Lordship Recreation Ground.
Ongoing challenges around anti-social behaviour had contributed to low footfall, and the feel that its role as a space of recreation, nature and family activity had diminished.
Times are changing though. This spring has seen the park transformed, and benefit from a major renovation, which is now complete. As well as changing the name to Brunswick Park (the second such named park in London), the changes have seen a complete facelift of the all-weather sports pitch, installation of table tennis tables, improved landscaping and the inclusion of new outdoor gym equipment.
This development has been the culmination of several years community partnership work and local fundraising that has been made a reality thanks to generous funding from Haringey Council, the London Marathon Trust, Tesco’s Bag For Life and Groundworks.
Local residents from the Fountain Area Residents’ Association (FARA) quickly recognised the need for an independent group to look out for the best interests of the park and in December last year, the Friends of Brunswick Park group was formally constituted.
Local resident and chair of Friends of Brunswick Park, Charlotte Brennan stated: “The Friends of Brunswick Park group is a wonderful way of bringing together neighbours in the community, to take pride in our local area. Green spaces should be valued for their contribution to people’s mental wellbeing and physical health of all ages.”
If you would like to find out more about activities in the park and get involved in the future of Brunswick Park, please drop an email to: friendsofbrunswickparkn15@ gmail.com
To celebrate the launch of the new park, both FARA and Friends of Brunswick Park are putting on a community party in the new park on Sunday 3rd June, from 2pm-5pm. This afternoon of festivities will include musical workshops, face painting, South American dancing, bike mechanic workshops and football coaching skills from the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.
A family orientated event, this is welcome to all who would like to come on down!
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