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Bruce Castle Park, N17
Downhills Park, N15
Ducketts Common, N8
Finsbury Park, N4
Green Flag Bruce Castle Park
Lordship Lane, N17

Located in Tottenham, Bruce Castle Park covers eight hectares of parkland and is rich in history dating back to the early 11th century.

Winner of the coveted Green Flag award since 2003, the park was created from the remains of the ancient Bruce Castle family estate, purchased by the Council in 1892. Bruce Castle Museum, a Grade 1 listed 16th century manor house, now houses the borough's local history collections and archives and has been open since 1927.

The park offers a variety of facilities for all ages including the children's paddling pool which is a favourite throughout the summer months; and sporting facilities like the multi-use games area and tennis courts. The Holocaust Memorial Garden offers an area for quiet contemplation. The 16th century historic building of Bruce Castle Museum lies in the west of the park; housing an interesting collection of Haringey's local history and archives. The Park plays host to a variety of activities including the Tottenham Community Festival and Carnival, a multi-cultural event for all the family, every June. A number of smaller events are also held throughout the year aimed at all ages and communities.

Managed by Haringey
Area: 8 hectare
Facilities: Basketball, Bowling Club, Kickabout Area, Paddling Pool, Playground, Tennis, Picnic Area, Holocaust Memorial Garden, Refreshments (in the museum), Conservation Area

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Green Flag Downhills Park
Downhills Park Road, N15

Managed by Haringey
Area: 12 hectare
Facilities: Basketball, Kickabout Area, Playground, Tennis, Football

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Ducketts Common
Willoughby Road, N8

Managed by Haringey
Facilities: Basketball, Playground, Football

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Green Flag Finsbury Park, N4

Finsbury Park underwent a £5million Heritage Lottery Funded restoration and improvement programme in 2005. In recognition of the transformation, the Park was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award in 2007 and has retained it ever since.

Finsbury Park provides a rich tapestry of landscapes and a variety of facilities now catering for twenty-first century needs. It is the largest park managed by the Council and offers a peaceful green retreat from its urban built-up surroundings. Opening and closing times of the park are dependent on season, but generally the park is open at dawn and locked when it gets dark.

The grade II listed Park was officially opened in 1869 and continues to evoke its undoubted value as a 'People’s Park'.

Many of the park's original features have been restored to their former glory including the re-landscaping of the American Gardens and Alexander McKenzie's historical flower gardens, now reflecting much of his original design which was lost for many years.

The Furtherfield Gallery is based in the McKenzie Pavilion near the lake, at the heart of the Park and has established an international reputation as London's first gallery for networked media art since 2004. Furtherfield is a public gallery providing space for exhibitions, activities and events for art, technology and social change.

Finsbury Park is also very popular for its sporting facilities including the skate-park. A new outdoor Gym has been completed opposite the American Garden in the north-east of the park. There are 14 pieces of equipment that provide 20 exercise stations. The track and gym and tennis courts are now managed by a new sports consortium for Finsbury Park - the Finsbury Park Sports Partnership.

Other new facilities include an enclosed, dog-free play area with an exciting water feature - designed by children, for children. A new and improved café building housing public toilets and open all year round, and the construction of two Victorian-styled seating shelters, offering a place for quiet contemplation or protection from the sun or rain.

Managed by Haringey
Facilities:Basketball, Boating Lake, Bowling Club, Café, Playgrounds, Tennis, Toilets, Track & Gym, Skatepark, Parking, Picnic Areas, Formal Gardens, Kick about Area

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