How Big is Your Park?

Brent has established a useful hierarchy for its parks and public spaces The Parks Department in the LB of Brent has adopted a formal classification system for the borough's 100 parks and open spaces. This provides a useful method of highlighting identified issues and their varying importance to different types of parks across the borough.

There are the following classifications:

District Parks

There are three District Parks in Brent: Roundwood Park, Gladstone Park and Barham Park. Among their defining characteristics are: a medium to large site with clearly defined boundaries, e.g. a fence, a site-specific Management Plan in place and implemented, eating and rest rooms, discrete areas for playing or sitting quietly, on-site staff, sports areas and a high level of horticultural maintenance, depending on the size and scope.

Local Parks

A local park will have many characteristics in common with a district park including a defined area but probably only a generic management plan and no site-specific staff. Examples in Brent include Brent River Park, Keston Park and Woodcock Park.

Small Local Parks

A small local park would not normally be fenced, be mainly grass, not have any special facilities and be used mainly by local people. Examples include Brondesbury Park, Canal Walk, Elmwood Park, Pilgrims Way and Willesden Community Garden.

Pocket Parks

A pocket park is often secreted between houses and buildings, contains formal bedding and has a high level of horticultural maintenance regardless of the type of planting. It will often have a fairly high level of facilities considering its size. Kensal Green, Rainbow Lane and Shorts Croft Corner are all classified as Pocket Parks.

Recreation Grounds

These can be of any size but with few facilities other than for sport.

Country Parks

There is one Country Park - Fryent Way.

Nature Reserves

The area around the Welsh Harp Reservoir is classified as a Nature Reserve.

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