Argent Related and Barnet Council, working in partnership to deliver the 180-acre new town centre development north of Cricklewood, have opened a new public park. Designed by East Architects, Exploratory Park replaces the Rosa Freedman Centre and Clarefield Park with a welcoming new landscaped space. It will be open from 12 of August for several years for local people to enjoy until the permanent Claremont Park is completed.
Exploratory Park provides a new outdoor space with a focus on play—and playfulness—for all ages, allowing local people to enjoy being outside in a well-maintained, safe environment. It has three main spaces: a paved area close to the entrance for events and games; a grassy area for picnics, relaxing and running around; and a central area with high-quality new play equipment.
As well as play equipment, there is outdoor table tennis and a games court with basketball hoops and a range of fitness equipment.
Councillor Daniel Thomas, Leader of Barnet Council said: “It’s wonderful to see the Exploratory Park open just in time for the summer. This is the first in what will be a series of new parks and open spaces that will enrich the lives of local residents and new comers to the area for years to come, and it’s great to see the Brent Cross South development truly underway as part of our wider scheme to transform Brent Cross Cricklewood.”
Nick Searl, Argent Related Partner and joint-lead for the Brent Cross South development, adds: “This is an exciting first step in the Brent Cross South development. We wanted to ensure that throughout the redevelopment process, residents and visitors had access to well designed and interactive green spaces. The Exploratory Park has been designed with the local community and we look forward to seeing residents and visitors enjoying this new open space.”