As described in Local data on parks and open spaces, 21 of Hackney’s parks have been awarded Green Flag status. In addition, there are seven adventure playgrounds in the borough providing natural outdoor spaces for children to play (as well as indoor activities).B
A number of programmes outside Hackney Council’s planning system aim to improve the quality of open spaces in the borough, as summarised in Box 17.
Many recent activities have taken advantage of the links between green spaces as well as the parks themselves. For example, after its initial launch in 2014, the Run Hackney half marathon attracted over 15,000 runners in 2016 who enjoyed a route taking in Hackney’s parks. And, in 2015, funding was awarded to Hackney to create Wetlands to Wetlands – a cycle route linking the reservoirs in Stoke Newington to the wetlands in Walthamstow, via Clapton Common and Springfield Park.
Twenty four of the open spaces within Hackney are Sites of Metropolitan, Borough or Local Importance for Nature Conservation due to their importance for wildlife. A Biodiversity Action Plan for Hackney was adopted in 2012.