One of Hackney's major green spaces, Hackney Downs opened as a public park in the heart of the borough in 1884. The pavilion contains two team changing rooms and a community room which are available for hire, and the park has a wide range of newly refurbished facilities.
The park holds a Green Flag award. The awards are given annually to the best green spaces in the country.
- Children's play area
- Dog-free area
- Basketball courts
- Floodlit multi use games area
- Community room
- Football pitch
- Team changing rooms
- Tennis courts (two flood lit)
- Athletics track (seasonal)
Booking the facilities
For more information about booking the above facilities, please call 020 8986 7955 or see our sports pitches and courts page.
The Tree Musketeers have produced a map of trees in Hackney Downs (JPG, 1MB). Each tree is categorised, with information about species and their benefit for wildlife also provided.
Hackney Downs is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out about holding events in parks.
Free group excercise classes
Our Parks provides free group exercise classes, led by experienced, fully qualified and insured instructors, in Hackney parks.
In 2014, the Hackney Mosaic Project, a team of dedicated volunteers from the local community and from Lifeline, a charity which helps people recovering from addiction, covered the walls of an old shelter in the children's playground with mosaics depicting animals and trees.
Various other groups, such as ESOL students and mental health groups were also involved. The mosaics were unveiled by Russell Brand in November.
Other Council-funded mosaics can be seen at Shepherdess Walk, and at the corner of Old Street and Pitfield Street - recently announced as winner of the Mosaic of the Year Award for 2014 by the British Association of Modern Mosaic.
Hackney Downs user group
If you're interested in standing or nominating someone to stand for election or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone HUG on 07973 759 424. More information on setting up a user group.
Get walking, keep walking
A pleasant walk links Hackney Downs to a number of other green spaces. The walk, which takes under an hour, goes through Shacklewell and highlights changing architecture over the last 300 years. For more information see Get Walking, Keep Walking.
Hackney Downs meadow
Hackney Downs has a number of meadow areas. By mid summer the wild flowers will be in full bloom providing a rich habitat for insects including butterflies and bees, and the pictorial meadows will once again provide colour throughout the park.
The meadow also contributes to Hackney's draft biodiversity action plan, which seeks to create one hectare (10,000m2) of new meadow over the next five years - about the size of one and a half football pitches.
Dogs are now allowed in the play area or sports facilities. Council officers have the power to request that dogs are put on leads if they are behaving aggressively, causing damage, or if their owner does not have appropriate control over them. More information on dogs in parks.
Hackney parks newsletter
If you are interested in being informed of what's happening in Hackney's parks, sign up to our monthly newsletter by emailing email@example.com.
Page updated: 12 Jun 2015