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Greatfields Park

Name
Greatfields Park
Category
Park
Email
rangers@lbbd.gov.uk
Telephone
020 8227 2332
Address
Greatfields Road / Movers Lane, Barking
Map
More information
Greatfields Park has a wide range of facilities. They include football and other games, tennis, running, walking, a playground and toilets. There are also quiet areas in ornamental gardens and opportunities for viewing wildlife and wild flowers. Shops and transport links are nearby. The park is home to a unique piece of community artwork, which has received a 1st place national award in 'Spaces and Places' magazine. Greatfields also successful gained Green Flag status in 2007, 2008, 2009. The Green Flag award recognises the best green spaces in the country.

History

The park was created in the early 1920s after Barking Urban District Council bought the land from Movers Farm for £330. The park was officially opened in 1926. The park was laid out as part of the construction of the Greatfields housing estate after the First World War. Original plans (dated 1921) for the park show a very simple layout with a boundary path and shrub borders surrounding a large grassed area. At that stage it was called Movers Lane Playing Fields or Greatfields Recreation Grounds and it contained three football pitches. The current network of paths, trees and flowerbeds is a later addition. However the park was still laid out in a traditional Victorian style with a wide perimeter carriage road and bordered by shrub beds, with ornamental gardens within it. This is the layout that still exists today.

Accessibility

Most of the park is accessible to wheelchairs. The park can be reached by bus routes 173, 287, 368, 387, 673, 687, E1 and E2. The nearest tube stations are Barking and Upney. There is no car park, and parking is restricted in most surrounding roads.