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Parks and open spaces

  • Parks, sport and leisure

Communications Plan – Parks and Open Spaces

Barnet Council is developing a new strategy for parks and open spaces in the borough.

We know that our green spaces provide a range of benefits for local communities including the opportunity to relax, exercise, socialise, learn and play.

Now we want to know how you use your parks and what your priorities are for their future.

We are not consulting formally at this stage – just gathering ideas and thoughts that will be used to shape our strategy.

Once this is done, we’ll ask for your views in spring next year.

You can give us your views by completing our questionnaire or through Facebook until 30 September.

Parks and open spaces in Barnet

There is a park within one mile of most homes in Barnet.

Opening and Closing Times

Where applicable the parks are opened by 8am and closed at various times depending on the season. Closing times vary and can be as early as 4.30pm in winter and as late as 10pm in the summer. Some Barnet parks are locked overnight. 

Barnet Parks & Open Spaces Features

  • 9 Marked and Measured Routes
  • a number of led and general walks available throughout the borough
  • 7 beautiful Local Nature Reserves (LNR) throughout the borough and a Site of Special Scientific Importance (SSSI) at Welsh Harp reservoir
  • multisport facilities across the borough, providing access to basketball, football, gaelic football (gaa) and tennis courts
  • 8 Outdoor Gyms spread across Barnet each with a mix of Cardio, Strength and Toning equipment.  
  • over 40 Play Areas
  • the Dollis Valley Green Walk which is over 7 miles of parks and open space with areas of conservation, woodland and play that can be enjoyed by everyone 

Adopt A Place

If you want to maintain a feature in a park or a local green space why not ‘adopt a place’?

The scheme provides groups with support, materials and tools to undertake gardening or maintenance activities. You could build new skills and brighten up your local area.

Go to Adopt A Place to find out more, or email pledgebank@barnet.gov.uk with your idea.

Help keep Barnet parks tidy

To maximise everyone’s enjoyment of our parks, be considerate on your visit and:

  • place your litter in the bins provided or take it home. Littering is unsightly and can cause harm to plants, birds and animals
  • clean up after your dog. Dog faeces, apart from smelling unpleasant, can carry a disease called toxocariasis, which can cause blindness in humans
  • keep your dog under control and on a lead in designated areas
  • be considerate of fellow park users. Anti-social behaviour is an offence
  • follow the countryside code. The code has been compiled to promote the preservation of England’s countryside

If you see a problem in a park you can report it using the Report a problem form.

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