General information on parks and open spaces

Arts, parks and leisure

COVID-19 update

Thank you to all residents for their responsible use of our parks during this time. We appreciate your patience.

Playgrounds and outdoor gym equipment are available for general use. These will be cleaned regularly, however we would ask that the public follow the below guidelines for their safety:

  • Do not use this equipment if you, or anyone in your household, has coronavirus symptoms, or if you are clinically vulnerable
  • Practice good hygiene: Only use this equipment if you have hand sanitiser to wash your hands with before and after use. Avoid touching your face.
  • Keep your distance: Keep 2m away from anyone not from your household. Wait a safe distance away until the equipment is safe to use.
  • Do not litter: If you are wearing disposable PPE, place in litter bins or take it home with you.
  • Gym equipment should only be used by one person at a time.
  • Avoid busy times and wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water when you get home

We know how important parks are to everyone, so please continue to use parks in a responsible manner:

  • Following the current social distancing requirements and keeping 2m away from anyone not from your household
  • Do not litter - take your rubbish home with you if bins are full
  • Do not gather in large groups
  • Do not have BBQs
  • Leave in good time

Tennis courts are currently in use. You can book on Play Tennis Waltham Forest website.

As a borough we are fortunate to have many open spaces, children's play areas, a BMX cycle race track, tree trails, ecology areas and a model railway for children.

As a result, we can put on many outdoor sporting events so you can enjoy green spaces and gardens to watch, or take part in, activities such as cricket, football, tennis, cycling and skateboarding or one of the many smaller events put on regularly by Green Spaces.

We also welcome responsible dog owners to the borough, some control orders are in place at parks across the borough. We look after seven premier parks:

In addition we have a number of smaller parks, open spaces, playing fields, children's playgrounds and cemeteries. 

    Opening hours Click to get info

    Except where otherwise stated we aim to open locked sites by 9am every day. Some sports areas are only opened for some pre-booked activities.

    Have a look at our Parks and open spaces guide (9MB PDF file) for locations and facilities near you.

    • Open Space Strategy 2010-2020 (2.7MB PDF file)
      In September 2010, the Council adopted the Open Space Strategy for the borough. The strategy reports on the amount, location and quality of open space in the borough. The strategy is intended to last until 2020 and it contains an action plan for the first three years of this ten year period
    • Biodiversity Action Plan (5MB PDF file)
      The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) offers an in-depth insight into the surprising wealth of flowers and animals to be found across Waltham Forest, from back gardens and cemeteries to woodlands, marshes, streams and rivers
    • Waltham Forest Tree Strategy 2017-2022 (4.5MB PDF file)
      Waltham Forest Council adopted its tree strategy in February 2011. The strategy sets out a framework for the planning and management of the borough’s urban forest for the next ten years. The Council is committed to the high quality and proactive management of its tree stock. The Council consulted on the draft strategy during August 2010 and received 237 responses. These responses were taken into account in the production of the final strategy

    Want to be involved in improving your local park? 'Friends of Parks' groups work with the Council's Parks Team to create better open spaces. Each group helps care for a specific park or green space in the borough.

    If you would like to know more about Friends Groups in the borough please visit  Waltham Forest Friends of Parks website or contact:

    Adekunle Bell
    Argall Avenue
    London, E10 7AS
    Call 02084963000 Ext 2657

    For Lloyd Park
    Ellie Mortimer
    Argall Avenue
    London, E10 7AS
    02084963000 Ext. 2822

    Find out about all our volunteering and training opportunities in parks.

    Waltham Forest Open Space Strategy: We need your views!

    The parks and green spaces in our Borough are fundamental to our ability to enjoy a good quality of life, support biodiversity and adapt to climate change. We are currently developing an Open Space Strategy. This will provide evidence for updating our Local Plan and will provide a framework for future management of the Borough’s green spaces.

    This short survey is aimed at getting a better understanding of what you think about the borough’s existing green spaces, your recreation needs and your thoughts on managing green spaces for the benefit of the borough’s wildlife. It is important that we understand how you use your green spaces and how you want them to be improved so we can plan for the future.

    The online survey takes only around 10 minutes to complete and will end on Sunday 7 July 2019.

    To find out about events, activities and volunteering opportunities that are happening in Waltham Forest Parks please go to our events in parks and open spaces page.

    Park hire Click to get info

    We welcome applications to run events and activities in our parks.

    Find out more about our application process and fees.

    Sports pitch hire Click to get info

    We have many popular playing fields catering for a wide range of outdoor sports. You will find information about our standards and booking sports facilities on our sports pitches and courts page.

    Our service standards Click to get info

    The standards apply to all parks, open spaces, playing fields except Chingford Mount Cemetery, Walthamstow (Queens Road) Cemetery and Selbourne Walk.

    View our service standards (44KB PDF file)

    General byelaws

    The general byelaws cover pleasure grounds, public walks, open spaces and the town square.

    View our general byelaws (210KB PDF file)

    Dog control orders

    For further information about walking dogs in parks and cleaning up after your dog please see our dog control orders.

    Feedback Click to get info

    We value your feedback on our parks and open spaces, which helps to make the best management decisions we can.

    If you have any immediate comments or queries please contact us at the Green Space Service 020 8496 3000.

    If you don't have access to a computer, you can visit a Library Plus branch where you can use a self-service pc to log your request/report. Staff are available to support you if you need it.​​​​​​​

    Contact details Click to get info

    Green Space Service
    Room 100
    Waltham Forest Town Hall
    Forest Road 
    E17 4JF 

    Telephone: 020 8496 3000