Hazelwood Rec – Palmers Green’s best kept secret By Caroline Kingham

23rd September 2014

Hazelwood Rec – Palmers Green’s best kept secret By Caroline Kingham

If you have taken your kids to the Hazelwood Rec playground, played football, cricket or tennis or taken your dog for a walk there, then you will know that Hazelwood Rec is Palmers Green’s best kept secret. You almost have to live here to know it exists, and we all enjoy the space and peace it affords.

Friends of Hazelwood Rec is a local group of park users and residents. Although currently inactive, we have in the past brought many improvements and ran events for local people. Were you part of the team who planted the trees next to the tennis courts? Maybe your child was in a Hazelwood class who took a trip to plant daffodil bulbs there. Have you sat on one of the wooden benches? (Do you remember – they used to be green metal benches with no backs to them!) These were all things organised by Friends of the Rec.

As a group we have a lot of power to bring changes and improvements to the Rec. We liaise with Enfield Council’s Parks Department and let them know what are the priorities for development and improvement. We can apply for grants (e.g. National Lottery) that the Council do not have access too, and therefore fund larger projects.

If you have some ideas for how the Rec could be even better then we’d like to hear from you. If you would you like to attend decision making Forums at the Civic Centre, and be involved in developing new facilities or planting at the Rec, then we have the perfect role for you. Friends of Hazelwood Rec is looking for a new Chair. If you are interested, or would like to talk it through before you make a decision, please get in touch. It’s a very rewarding role, and a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and make a real positive difference. Please contact Caroline Kingham on caroline@kingham.org.uk.