Love Islington parks

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  • Aug

Islington’s parks are much-loved by local residents and visitors alike. Whether you are in the park to use the outdoor gym, football pitches or children’s playground, there’s bound to be a facility you will love. This Love Parks Week, we bring you a handy guide to what’s available across Islington.

Best for Football


Whittington Park football pitches

• Elthorne Park has a 7-a-side or two smaller astroturf pitches with football goals. It is also used by Arsenal Kickz Project and Access to Sports, which regularly run free football coaching sessions.

• Whittington Park has two all-weather third-generation football pitches ideal for 11-a-side and 6-a-side football. This much-valued community pitch is home to various clubs and teams such as the Islington Borough Ladies Football Club. There is a café at the rear end of the park where you can stop for a post workout hot or cold drink. Free play is on Sundays 12-4pm, Mondays 3-5pm & Fridays 3-4pm.

• Rosemary Gardens is situated to the east of Islington and is home to an all-weather third-generation football pitch well suited for 6-a-side and 7-a-side. Free play is on Sundays 12-4 pm

• Highbury Fields has an all-weather third-generation football pitch suitable for 11-a-side and 7- a-side games. There is a café in the park where you can sit and relax for a post workout meal and drink. Free play is on Saturdays 11am-9pm, Sundays 9am-10am & 11am – 9pm.

• Paradise Park also has a third generation football pitch. Free play

Best For Kick-about


Spa Fields pitch

Our tarmac kick-about pitches are popular for playing five-a-side football and have hoops for basketball and netball. If you fancy a game with your friends then head to:

• Dartmouth Park
• Girdlestone Park (wheelchair accessible)
• Isledon Road Gardens
• Wray Crescent
• Mitchison Baxter Park
• Spa Fields
• St. Paul’s Shubbery (wheelchair accessible)
• Arundel square
• Highbury Fields (free play on Mondays & Thursdays 5pm-9pm on one court only, Fridays 4-9pm on all courts, Saturdays on 1-9pm all courts & Sundays 9am-9pm on all courts)

Best for Outdoor Gyms


Paradise Park outdoor gym

Our outdoor gyms can help you reach your health and fitness goals, whether you are an experienced or a new gym user. Head to the following parks if you want to use an outdoor gym for free:

• Elthorne Park
• Tufnell Park Playing Fields
• Whittington Park
• Rosemary Gardens
• Spa Fields
• St. Paul’s Park
• Arundel Square
• Paradise Park

Best for Tennis


Highbury Fields tennis courts

Islington parks have a vibrant local tennis community for friendly sessions. Islington Tennis League also uses our parks for coaching, training and competitions. Visit the following parks as a beginner or as a more experienced player:

• Tufnell Park Playing Fields for free play Mondays-Fridays anytime from 8am-4pm for age 60 yrs+. However, you will need to sign up for 60+ membership with better.org.uk
• Rosemary Gardens
• Spa Fields

Best for Table Tennis


Children playing table tennis at Whittington Park

These parks have outdoor table tennis facilities that are popular with children, teenagers and young adults. There are also other free sports facilities in these parks that would encourage you to have a go.

• Tufnell Park Playing Fields
• Whittington Park
• Wray Crescent
• Rosemary Gardens#
• Spa Fields
• Arundel Square
• Highbury Fields
• Paradise Park

Best for Playgrounds


Spa Fields playground

Children are spoiled for choice, there are so many great facilities in Islington Parks with a range of play features including sand pits, interactive water play, natural play, swings and climbing frames to encourage children to take a more adventurous approach to play. Some of these sites have accessible children’s toilets. Visit the following parks with your children for fun and enjoyment.

• Dalmeny Park (no toilet)
• Elthorne Park
• Whittington Park
• Graham Street Park
• King Square Gardens
• Spa Fields
• Arundel Square
• Biddlestone Park (no toilet)
• Highbury Fields
• Thornhill Square

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