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.
Hackney Downs has once again been awarded a Green Flag. The Green Flag Award scheme is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.
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 [pdf, 334.98KB] that includes information on the trees' species and how they benefit wildlife.
Hackney Downs is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out more about holding events in parks.
Free group exercise classes
Our Parks provides free group exercise Classes in Hackney Downs, 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 joining the user group or would like more information, please email email@example.com or phone HUG on 07973 759 424.
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 Walking.
Hackney Downs has a number of meadows. 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 meadows also contribute to our plans to create one hectare (10,000m2) of new meadow over the next five years - about the size of one and a half football pitches.
Barbecues are not allowed in Hackney Downs. The use of all barbecues in London Fields has also been suspended following safety advice to all London councils from the London Fire Brigade.
We have had reports of recent incidents of irresponsible behaviour which we are taking very seriously and so will be increasing patrols in the park. If you see or experience any incidents please report them immediately, providing as much information as possible to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dogs are not allowed in the play area or sports facilities and 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.