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Arnos Park

Wednesday, 8th April 2009

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Author: Peter Barry

Arnos Park was created in 1928 out of 44 acres of wood and meadow which were bought by Southgate Urban District Council.  Today the park is a great open space with the Pymmes Brook flowing through, ample park benches for taking a break and many pathways for walking or jogging.  

Arnos Grove Tube Station is situated on the Piccadilly Line, whose tracks cut through the park on a large brick viaduct containing 33 arches.  The trains can be seen crossing the viaduct and kids love to play hide and seek in the arches themselves.   Other facilities available are a children’s playground, bowling green, cricket/football pitches, a putting green and tennis courts.  

In 2008/09 Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, launched a campaign offering £400,000 to be awarded to a London park which could benefit from the grant. Arnos Park was one of 47 parks to enter the contest, a hard fought campaign was launched in the borough with leafleting, door to door canvassing and internet campaigns however the park came a close third in the North London category.  As a result attention has been given to the children’s playground which will soon be getting a much needed make over.