Clissold Park User Group (CPUG)
The Clissold Park User Group (CPUG) is a local community group for the people of Stoke Newington in Hackney who appreciate and love their local park.
The group has been campaigning locally for over 20 years and seeks to represent the interests of everyone who uses this very popular park: the walkers, joggers, cyclists, nature lovers, families and free spirits who value the opportunity to enjoy time outdoors in this beautiful and historic space.
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Park history: Clissold Park for the people
Clissold Park would have been built on in the 1880’s if it wasn’t for a passionate local campaign to preserve it for the public led by Joseph Beck. Read the story and see a slideshow of the turbulent campaign:
» Clissold Park for the people
View the history of our park in words and pictures:
» Park history
» Read our latest News for what is happening in the park during the on-going health crisis
Covid-19 and the park
Throughout the pandemic the park has remained open and it is the intention of the Council and park management to keep it open unless the government guidelines prevent it. The playground and skate park are still open. Toilets are available for reduced hours, to allow for additional cleaning. A planned refurbishment of the toilets on the north side of Clissold House will happen before Easter 2021. Alternative toilets will be made available during the works.
The Park Life Cafe in Clissold House will be offering take-away only service for the duration of the new restrictions. There will be no access to the indoor seating areas.
Please remember that social distancing rules are still in place and it is important that people follow the current guidance while using the park.
Litter was an issue during the first lockdown, and we ask that all park users please take responsibility for their own litter. The large skip bins have been removed, but there are still many other bins and recycling points around the park. If they are full please take your rubbish home with you.
We would again like to thank the park staff for their efforts over the past months to keep the park open and safe for the local community.
New paddling pool
The plan to build a new paddling pool is currently on hold, but will be brought back to the fore when things return to a more normal state. Because of the poor condition of the old paddling pool it can’t be used in summer 2021 – there will be no paddling pool until the new one is completed.
» More on the Hackney Council website
Help us record the park’s wildlife
Seen any unusual sightings of birds, mammals or other wildlife in the park? Please send your records to firstname.lastname@example.org
They will be added to the national database and will also help us build up a picture of biodiversity in the park which will be useful when making the case for managing some parts for wildlife.
Safety in the park
There have been reports of students and young people being mugged and harassed in and around the park. Advice from the local Safer Neighbourhood panel:
“If children feel in any way worried, they should return to a place of safety such as the school or leisure centre. Always where possible ‘buddy-up’ with someone to walk back from school or clubs and keep your phone out of sight. Do not carry money with you and make sure bank details are not held on a phone. Tell an adult in a shop or place of safety such as the school what has happened and ask them to call the police.”
Poster and Pocket maps on sale
Pocket map: Our new beautiful pocket map and timeline of the park is now on sale in the café for £2.50.
It identifies all the landmarks and includes the history of the park and Clissold House, a tree trail and help in identifying the wild water birds on the ponds and New River. It has been created by the CPUG working with local artist Anna Hymas and local historian Amir Dotan with support from Hackney Council. Proceeds will go to the CPUG to help pay for amenities and free events in the park.
Poster: By popular demand we have created an A2 poster version of the map (42 x 59.4cm). Available in the café for £5 (£6 in a cardboard roll). Can also be posted to anywhere in the UK for £10 including packaging and first class postage. Please email us on email@example.com to arrange your order.
» View the poster (PDF)