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Parks and recreation

We understand that the borough’s parks are vitally important for both physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, our green spaces will remain open at this time.

However, the government’s social distancing guidelines now apply. This is a priority and not a choice. While you can currently still go for a walk or exercise outdoors, you must stay more than 2 metres (6 feet) from each other and not use children’s playgrounds or outdoor gym equipment.

We have taken the difficult decision to close Barking Park visitor centre and the Discovery Centre at Eastbrookend Country Park. Similarly, to support social distancing guidelines, Barking Park café is takeway only and Splash Park facilities must be booked in advance.

Find out more about parks and recreation in the borough on our new website!

Barking and Dagenham country parks

For the latest information on changes to our park facilities and services, including opening times and social distancing, please check our updates page:

Latest changes to our park services and facilities 

Report a full or overflowing park bin

Information on things to do in the borough, from visiting parks, museums and Barking market to finding out about sport and leisure facilities.