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Parks and open spaces

  • Parks, sport and leisure

There's a park within one mile of most homes in Barnet

Open and close 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.

Parks and 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
  • 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 50 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:

  • please note that barbeques and open fires are strictly prohibited
  • 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.

Parks and Open Spaces Strategy

In May 2016 Barnet adopted a new parks and open spaces strategy.

Barnet has a great collection of parks and open spaces and these are an important part of what makes Barnet a green and family friendly borough.  People who live and work in Barnet enjoy access to formal parks and gardens, wild landscapes, extensive areas of greenbelt and leafy river valleys.  Barnet’s parks are places where people can take part in formal sport, visit a park café, take the kids to the playground or just walk the dog.

The Parks and Open Spaces strategy makes proposals for the development and management of greenspaces in Barnet.  Through implementing this strategy, the council will ensure that these key assets are enhanced and continue to tell a positive story about Barnet as a place to live and work.

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