In 2019, £2 million was provided for a community-led improvement project in Shoreditch Park. Over 1,900 local people and park users took part in our public consultations, providing ideas to shape the designs for improvements to the Park.
The improvement works will start on 7 March and be completed by Winter 2022. The construction will be delivered in 4 phases. Some areas of the park will not be accessible to the public whilst the work is going on.
Phase 1 – From March, work is set to start on the northern section of the park, with the grass area next to New North Road set for reseeding and a new wildflower area planted near the playground.
Phase 1a – Ground work will commence for a new multi-use games area, beach volleyball court and a new outdoor gym.
Phase 2 – Work will start on refurbishing the sports pitch from March, with improved drainage and reseeding. The sports pitch will be accessible to the public from September but unavailable for use for sports or event bookings until May 2023 to ensure the grass has time to establish.
Phase 3 – In April, work will begin to refurbish the park’s play area. The new playground will include; a climbing tower and mound; sand pit; basket swings and a wide slide; an accessible roundabout and swings; more trees, shade and seating areas.
Phase 4 – The final phase, taking place between July and October 2022, will include work to refurbish Dorothy Thurtle Gardens – with new planting, pathways and a play trail. Additional benches will be provided along pathways and old benches will be replaced.
This phase will also include work to create a new plaza area, with more trees and seating, an outdoor gym and table tennis tables.
Throughout the park, grass will be resown to improve the informal sports pitch, Dorothy Thurtle Gardens and the play area. Relaxed grass mowing in certain areas of the park, rain gardens, permeable surfaces, hedges, log piles, a wildflower meadow and planting will all help to enhance the park’s biodiversity, improve drainage and mitigate against climate change induced flash flooding.
Please note these dates are indicative and subject to change.
Thank you for your patience while the work is carried out.
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Shoreditch Park is one of the borough’s largest parks at 7.1 hectares and serves the South of Hackney. It’s well used, offers a wide variety of facilities including public art, and holds a Green Flag award – an award given annually to the best parks in the country.
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There was terraced housing on the site until it suffered bomb damage during World War II. The pre-fab housing that replaced it was removed between 1964 and 1973, creating the park.
- adventure playground
- beach volleyball court
- football pitch
- giant boulder for rock climbing
- play area
- public art
- rugby pitch
- TfL cycle hire docking station
- two ping pong tables
The brand new Britannia Leisure Centre next to Shoreditch Park was opened in June 2021.
The leisure centre boasts a modern, airy, 150+ station gym, four studios offering a variety of fitness classes, a 25m 6-lane main swimming pool and 20m training pool.
It also has an interactive flume, toddler pool and splash deck for family fun sessions.
The 6-court sports hall provides facilities for a number of sports including basketball and badminton.
There are also rooftop tennis courts and 5-aside pitches, soft play and a crèche.
The Leisure Centre includes a café and toilets accessible from the Park.
There is a TfL Santander cycle hire docking station in the park. The first 30 minutes are free and after joining the scheme you can cycle all over London. The docking station is next to the play area and joins a number of others in Shoreditch.
The Britannia Leisure Runners meet every Tuesday at 5.30pm at the entrance of Britannia Leisure Centre.
Shoreditch Park is licensed for plays, showing films, live music, recorded music and dance performances. Find out about holding events in parks.
Barbecues are not allowed in Shoreditch Park.
Dogs are not allowed in the play area or sports facilities. If your dogs are behaving aggressively or causing damage, or are out of your control, Council officers have the power to request that you put them on leads. More information on dogs in parks.