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 closed, and the boating and Splash Park facilities will not open at Easter.
All parks and open spaces car parks are now closed. This follows the government’s instruction on essential travel. Travelling by car to exercise is not a reason to travel.
For the latest information on changes to our park facilities and services, including opening times and social distancing, please check our updates page:
Information on things to do in the borough, from visiting parks, museums and Barking market to finding out about sport and leisure facilities.