[from Haringey website]
Fun day for the family at Finsbury Park
Monday 24 September 2007
Residents from across the borough are invited to a free family fun day at Finsbury Park on Sunday 30 September as Haringey Council celebrates a record eight Green Flags for its parks.
The fun day, which runs from 2 to 5pm, will include music, a range of entertainment, face painting and refreshments, as well as the chance to help raise the new Green Flag.
Finsbury Park won the Green Flag accolade from the Civic Trust for the first time this year following a £5million improvement programme by the council, together with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Finsbury Park Partnership.
Improvements included the introduction of a new café, refurbished tennis courts, a new dog-free play area, new seating, new bins, new benches and new signs, along with landscaping and pathway work.
The success means that Haringey, together with Westminster Council, has the highest number of award-winning parks within any London borough.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Lifelong Learning, Cllr Dhiren Basu, said:
“We are very proud of achieving eight Green Flags this year and I hope that success will encourage more of our residents to visit our parks and discover what they have to offer.
“Finsbury Park is probably the biggest success story of them all. A few years ago it had quite a poor reputation, particularly for crime and anti-social behaviour. Now it’s been officially named as one of the best parks in the country.
“The Fun Day is a great opportunity for residents to come down to Finsbury Park, enjoy free entertainment and take a look around. I hope they will then be spurred on to become regular visitors to the park.”
The council retained Green Flag status for seven other parks across the borough this year:
- Albert Road Recreation Ground, N22 (second year winner)
- Bruce Castle Park, N17 (fifth year winner)
- Chapmans Green, N22 (second year winner)
- Downhills Park, N15 (second year winner)
- Priory Park, N8 (fifth year winner)
- Railway Field Local Nature Reserve, N4 (four year winner)
- Stationers Park, N8 (four year winner)
The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. The award scheme began in 1996 as a means of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.
Entrances to Finsbury Park can be found in Endymion Road, Seven Sisters Road, Green Lanes and Stroud Green Road, N4.