Wednesday, 8th April 2009
Covering an area of 91 acres Grovelands is regarded as one of the most attractive parks in North London. This public asset offers a variety of flora & fauna, important areas of English heritage as well as a place to simply relax or take part in a favorite sport.
Originally the area we know as Grovelands Park was privately owned by a gentleman called Mr Walker Gray whom commissioned John Nash to design the Regency house which still stands today. The landscaped gardens were designed by Humphry Repton, with many of his designs features still very much present such as the 7 acre lake for the enjoyment of the residents. Over the course of time the land was purchased by Southgate Urban District Council and opened as a park for public use in April 1913. The house was used as a temporary hospital in 1916 for wounded soldiers, was later used as a convalescent hospital and currently houses a private hospital.
Today Grovelands boasts many leisure facilities including 2 football pitches, 4 tennis courts, a Pitch & Putt course, a bowling green with pavilion and a basketball court. There are a number of fishing points around the lake and some beautiful walks through woodland and parkland. For younger visitors the park has a well equipped playground with a nearby cafeteria and well maintained toilets. Youngsters will also enjoy the newly opened woodland play area next to the stepping stone stream.
Author: Justin Burns