Tottenham’s parks and green spaces

Tottenham is home to a vast amount of parks and green space to visit, take a stroll in, grab a coffee or take part in events and fitness activities. Here’s our top picks.

Bruce Castle Park, Lordship Lane, N17

Bruce Castle Park (see photo above by Joan Curtis) is home to Tottenham’s only museum where you’ll find a wealth of information about Tottenham’s history in the archives along with some interesting artifacts. Bruce Castle Park has been a Green Flag Award winner since 2003.
Facilities
Bruce Castle Museum, children’s play area, paddling pool, tennis courts, basketball court, T on The Green (vintage tea room/cafe), picnic area, toilets.

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Chestnuts Park by Joan Curtis

Chestnuts Park, St Ann’s Road, N15

Green Flag Award winner since 2008. Also home to Chesnuts Community Centre. You’ll find a cafe alongside the children’s play area and there is a community garden including wildflower meadow.
Facilties
Cafe, basketball, multi use games area, children’s play area, tennis courts, outdoor gym, toilets.

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Downhills Park by Joan Curtis

Downhills Park, Downhills Park Road, N17

Green Flag Award winner since 2006. Home to Downhills Park cafe. Ornamental Italian Gardens that still have their nineteenth century design can be found to the east of the park.
Facilities
Cafe, tennis courts, basketball court, children’s play area, football and rugby pitch, toilets.

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Down Lane Park by Joan Curtis

Down Lane Park, Park View Road, N17

Green Flag Award winner since 2014. Regularly used by locals and sports groups and has two football pitches.
Facilities
Tennis courts, community cafe and gardening project, basketball courts, children’s play area, football pitches, outdoor gym, picnic area.

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Lordship Rec by Joan Curtis

Lordship Recreation Ground (Lordship Rec), Lordship Lane, N17

Green Flag Award winner since 2013, Lordship Rec is the largest public park in Tottenham. Lordship hub, community centre and cafe is an eco-building built of wood, straw and natural clay. River Moselle flows through the park.
Facilities
Outdoor gym, Lordship Hub (community cafe, activities including dance & fitness), Shell Theatre (outdoor theatre), skate ramps, model traffic area, children’s play area, toilets.

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Markfield Park by Joan Curtis

Markfield Park, Crowland Road, N15

Green Flag Award winner since 2010. Home to Markfield Beam Engine and Museum, a Victorian beam engine powered by steam, steaming happens on selected days. Access to River Lee.
Facilities
Cafe, Markfield Beam Engine and Museum, skate park, sportsground, children’s play area, football pitches, toilets.

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Paignton Park by Joan Curtis

Paignton Park, Richmond Road/St.Ann’s Road, N15

Green Flag Award winner since 2010. In 2011, Paignton Park was named as being one of the best parks in the country. They have a community square and space for a kickabout.
Facilities
Children’s play area, outdoor table tennis and chess tables, picnic area.

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Tottenham Green by Friends of Tottenham Green

Tottenham Green, Tottenham High Road, N15

Tottenham Green Market every Sunday, with lots of local producers, organic fruit and veg stall, good spot to grab lunch. There is also a lesser known Tottenham Green West with natural play area. Green Flag Award winner.
Facilities
Community event space, war memorial, children’s play area (west), community gardening project run by Friends of Tottenham Green.

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River Lee, Tottenham Marshes, by Joan Curtis

Tottenham Marshes, Watermead Way, N17

Large nature reserve on the River Lee, part of Lee Valley Park. The marshes cover over 100 acres. Great for escaping from busy London life. Green Flag Award winner.
Facilities
Waterside Cafe at Stonebridge Lock.

Wetlands
Walthamstow Wetlands

Walthamstow Wetlands, Forest Road, N17

London’s largest wetland nature reserve. There are 10 large reservoirs providing a home to many wildlife species.
Facilities
Visitor centre with gift shop and cafe. Fishing, bird watching, cycling and running path.

You can find additional information here: haringey.gov.uk/libraries-sport-and-leisure/parks-and-open-spaces

This article first appeared in the Spring issue of Discovering Tottenham which was released in March 2019.

 

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