Archway Park

Archway Park Opens After Delays
See this article in the Islington Tribune.
Archway Park Improvements Works Official Opening Event - Saturday 30 September 2017
From Jen Baker:

We are happy to inform you that the new play area has passed its safety certification and the last major elements of work will be completed by 29 September 17. This good news means we can reopen the park to the public on 30th September. There will be a few elements of work and some snagging items to complete after the 29th September, but they will not impact on the safe use of the new play area.

To celebrate this we would like to invite you to the Archway Park official re-opening event with the Mayor of Islington from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday 30th September. There will be fun activities for the children to enjoy like Juggling, Face Painting and multi-sport ball games by Access to Sport. We will arrange for the attached posters/leaflets to be put up around the park and to be distributed from the 15th September to the local residents in the Archway Park area.

We hope that you will be able to come along and celebrate the new play area with the local community.
From Jen Baker:

Thank you for your patience and co-operation during the construction works at Archway Park. We have completed the installation of the 5 metre slide, the swings, the climbing frame and the playhouse. However, there are still outstanding works required to the ball court, the play area and the new grass mound. We have been advised by the contractor that these works are expected to be completed by the end of September. The Council has informed the contractor that they are disappointed with these additional delays and they are pressuring the contractor to finish the works by the end September.

Also, please note that before the park is re-open to the public the contractor will repair any damage that occurred during the construction works to the paths, the access road, and the southern lawn area.

We would like to celebrate the improvement works with an official opening event by the Mayor of Islington, we will let you know the date when it has been confirmed and keep you updated about the progress.
The work was delayed because the electric supply to the park shelter needed to be disconnected prior to its demolition. Islington now report that UK Power Network (UKPN) have given a disconnection date of 2nd March, and once this has been completed work will resume. LBI advise that due to the complexity of the work and the extent of the earthworks, the anticipated completion date will not be until the Summer. See the plans.
After some delay, the contract has now been signed and the improvement works on Archway Park should begin on October 31st 2016, with a planned construction period of 14 weeks. During the works the ball court and play area will be closed to the public. Before works begin appropriate posters and notices will be displayed at the park entrances. See the plans.
Email from Jenifer Baker to stakeholders, 4/2/16
“I apologise for the delay about the progress on Archway Park since my last email below. The assessment panel considered that none of the tender returns we received in December for appointing a landscape contractor were of a high enough quality to enable a contractor to be appointed. Most of the contractors failed on the tree protection question or did not have adequate landscape experience.

It is important that we ensure that the contractor we appoint has previous experience of working in a site like Archway Park that has a high density of trees and also they should have evidenced a high standard of work when delivering improvement works.

Therefore, we have been advised by the Procurement Team to provide the contractors with an evaluation feedback and we hope to re-issue the tender documents in March. We will keep you updated on our progress.”
From Jenifer Baker, LBI Projects & Development Officer, 30/9/15
“We are progressing well with the procurement process to appoint a landscape contractor to carry out the construction works for the improvement to Archway Park. We are also on schedule with the programme for completion of the works by summer 2016. We will keep everyone updated on the progress and let you know if we anticipate any changes. However, do not hesitate to contact me if you would like more information about the project”.


Archway Park is earmarked for a £300,000 makeover. Download the consultation document here.

The campaign to save Islington’s longest slide, destined for the scrapyard when Archway Park gets its makeover, is gaining momentum. More details here, or follow the campaign at #SaveTheSlide. Local Councillor and WHPARA member Greg Foxsmith has two sons (Adam and Daniel, aged 10 and 6), who are presenting a petition to Islington Council. They urge you to sign it!