As part of Barnet Council’s review of local parks and open spaces, plans for Barnet Playing Fields and King George V Playing Fields have just been published.
The proposals include junior pitches, skate/BMX park, “trim trail” for exercising, hard-surface multi-use games area that can be floodlit (for basketball, football and other activities), toddler play area and adventurous play area for older kids. An indoor Community Sports Hub will feature “clip and climb” climbing courses that can be used without assistance and a multi-use activity space (studio/small hall space for exercise classes, martial arts, dance, gymnastics etc). Furthermore, the building will house a café, changing rooms and WCs.
There will also be Gaelic football pitches, clubhouse and training area for St Kiernan’s Gaelic Football Club who would be relocated from Copthall and Montrose Playing Fields. According to the council, “this new provision will not affect the openness of the site nor will it stop anyone from enjoying the park.”
The plan follows a public consultation that took place in May 2018 to help establish the priorities of the local community. Given that the playing fields are situated on Green Belt land, the council is keen to point out that “the layout and location of the proposed facilities have been carefully selected to have the least impact on the land, flora and fauna on the site”.
Please check this link to the council website to see the plans in detail and comment in the online questionnaire. on Tuesday 20th November there will be a public consultation drop-in session at Hope Corner Community Centre between 2pm and 7pm and the deadline for the online survey is 2nd December.
To see how much this part of Barnet has been changing, here’s our piece from 2015 showing how Barnet Playing Fields were looking before the planning application for the Ark Academy was approved and the Underhill Stadium demolished.