Parks and green spaces

Hackney has 58 parks and green spaces totalling 282 hectares. Our green spaces range from the largest concentration of football pitches in Europe at Hackney Marshes to the beautiful and historic settings of Springfield Park and Clissold Park.

Popular parks

See our parks and green spaces list for information about Hackney's 58 parks.

You can also find your nearest park on a map and see a list of our play areas.

Play areas

Find your nearest play area

National Park City Week events, 21 to 29 July

A range of activities across Hackney celebrating London becoming the world's first National Park City next year:

Saturday 21 July

Haggerston Park urban bat workshop

11.30am to 1.30pm. Join us for a bat box building workshop in Haggerston Park. Learn about the ecological importance of this site and how we can enhance green spaces and gardens to support these amazing mammals. Find out how to join our bat monitoring programme.

To book contact haggerstonparkusergroup@gmail.com.

Bat walk and detecting

8.30pm to 10pm, Haggerston Park. Join us for a bat walk around Haggerston Park Community Orchard. Learn about the ecological importance of these amazing mammals. Listen to bats using detectors as they emerge at dusk. Find out how to join our bat monitoring programme.

Please use the the bat workshop contact details above.

Sunday 22 July

Nature / history walk

2pm, Hackney Marshes. Come along for a walk in East London's famous Hackney Marshes. Wander through time through the woods, hearing about highwayman legends, industrial firsts and biodiversity. Free tea and coffee at the end. Please complete an outdoor questionnaire first.

For more information contact surbjit.mahey@hackney.gov.uk or call 020 8356 7459.

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Picnic and park founder commemoration

2pm to 4pm, Clissold Park. The Clissold Park User Group invite you to a picnic. Come and meet local historian Amir Dotan, who is campaigning to commemorate the park's creator Joseph Beck. Bring some sandwiches and maybe even cake.

For more information contact markforsyth@btinternet.com.

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Tuesday 24 July

Lunchtime health walk

1pm to 2pm, Clissold Park. This walk is a great way to socialise, enjoy the park and get healthy. For all abilities. You must complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Varies in difficulty.

Booking and further information through Walking for Health.

Stroke/mobility walk

1pm to 1.45pm, Clissold Park. A free walk for Hackney residents who are recovering from, or at risk from, stroke or TIA and people with mobility issues.

Book through Fit 4 Health, our after stroke programme. Contact Helen McGinley on helen.mcginley@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 5285/4897 for further information.

Abney Unearthed volunteering

10am to 2pm, Abney Park Cemetery. Come and re-map, research and rediscover the approxiately 200,000 people buried in Abney Park. (Weather permitting).

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Hackney Good Gym

6.45pm to 7.15pm, meet at E5 Bakehouse. Boost your health and support your neighbourhood - come for a run with Hackney GoodGym, a community of runners that combine getting fit with doing good. It's a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. Everyone's welcome. 

Booking and further information through Good Gyms.

Wednesday 25 July

London Fields walk

12.15pm to 1pm - meeting point: steps of Hackney Town Hall. This walk is a great way to socialise, enjoy the park and get healthy. For all abilities. You must complete an outdoor questionnaire first. Varies in difficulty.

Booking through our walking page or contact Surbjit Mahey on surbjit.mahey@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 7459.

The Ecology of Old Trees

7pm, Abney Park. An evening guided tree walk through Abney Park Cemetery nature reserve led by arboriculturalist and ecologist Russell Miller of Tree Musketeers. The walk will focus on the importance of old trees for wildlife.

For further information email Russell Miller

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Thursday 26 July

Bird identification evening

7pm to 9pm, Stoke Newington West Reservoir. An opportunity to see the wide variety of birds in the Stoke Newington reservoir with expert advice from Hackney & Islington Swifts Group on how to identify species in this rich urban habitat. Bring binoculars or otherwise just turn up and learn.

For further information contact debeauvoirswifts@gmail.com or 07814 791871.

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Gardening session

2pm to 5pm, Robin Hood Community Gardens.

Come and join us for our volunteer gardening session. In addition to the usual jobs in the edible forest and raised beds, we will be doing some pruning. Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have gardening experience. 

For further information please contact the Robin Hood Gardens user group on rhugroup@gmail.com. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Saturday 28 July

Nature reserve boat tour

Kingsland Road and Whitmore Road bridges.

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Garden art exhibition

1pm to 9pm, Robin Hood Community Garden. The garden will be converted into an art exhibition space for just one day. Six local artists will exhibit sculptures, paintings, photographs and prints in this experimental exhibition that takes art off the walls and into the open air. There are plenty of benches and places so bring along a packed lunch and drinks and grab yourself a sausage from the barbecue for this amazing day out.

If you are an artist feel free to join the discussions on creating a permanent sculpture/public art piece for the garden. Organised by Robin Hood Community Gardens group. For further information please contact the Robin Hood Gardens user group on rhugroup@gmail.com

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Sunday 29 July

Hackney's Urban Arboretum Tree Walk

10.30am to 12/30pm. Join Paul Wood, author of London's Street Trees: A Field Guide to the Urban Forest, on a 2-3 mile guided walk over approximately two hours, through the back streets of Hackney looking at interesting street trees. 

The walk starts at Hackney Central Overground Station and finishes at Dalston Curve Garden. Book by phone on 07964 940 742 or email at greatnorthwood@wildlondon.org.uk.

Climb St. Augustine's Tower and Churchyard tours

11am to 5pm. Amazing rooftop views or go on a guided tour. Book guided 45 minutes tours of the Churchyard (2pm and 3.30pm).

Come along for an open day at St Augustine's Tower, Hackney's oldest building. Climb 135 steps up a winding staircase for amazing rooftop views. Guided 45 minute tours of the Churchyard are on offer at 2pm and 3.30pm, giving a fascinating introduction to the people connected to the place spanning shoemakers, Lord Mayors of London and world explorers. Organised by Hackney Historic Buildings Trust and Walk Hackney.

For further information contact Sean Gubbins on sean@walkhackney.co.uk.

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Trees of Clissold Park

3pm to 5pm, Clissold Park. Join this guided walk looking at the old and unusual trees of Clissold Park with Russell Miller, a professional arboriculturalist and ecologist. He is chair of the Ancient Tree Forum and activities coordinator for Tree Musketeers. Organised by the Tree Musketeers.

For further information email Russell Miller.

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If you'd like to help care for and improve your local green spaces, you can join one of Hackney's parks user groups.

Book a sports pitch

Whether you're into football, tennis, cricket or basketball there are a number of great locations in our parks where you can indulge your passion.  Book a sports pitch.

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