A New Vista for Harrow Recreation Ground


The latest enhancement to Harrow Recreation Ground has just been completed. The new railings and gate on the boundary between the ‘Rec’ and Harrow Cemetery provide a more attractive gateway, which is also designed to be self-closing to prevent unleashed dogs from escaping into the cemetery. (There is a by-law which says that dogs must be kept on a leash whilst in the cemetery, and there have been instances of a few dogs wandering through the cemetery as far as Pinner Road). The railings provide better visibility and new vistas on either side.
The project is part of the Harrow ‘Green Grid’ which is being developed as a network
of walking and cycling links between open and green spaces in the borough, designed to
improve connections to places where people live, work and enjoy recreational facilities. The Harrow Green Grid is part of the wider London Green Grid, which is funded by the
Greater London Authority. The aim is to benefit both people and wildlife, and to be
accessible by all. The link between the ‘Rec’ and cemetery has always been a convenient but rather ugly gate, bordered by wooden fencing which had been frequently vandalised. The new gate and railings are a big improvement and are a further step to transforming the Rec from its utilitarian appearance of a few years ago to a classic urban park.
HRUA is grateful to Harrow Council, and particularly Sally Reeves the landscape architect who designed the scheme, for the consultation which took place before and during the project. Various ideas (such as making the gate self-closing) were embodied after our comments were invited, which shows the benefits of involving users in the design even of minor projects such as this. A few further adjustments are needed to ensure the gate closes properly, and these will be done soon. This small but significant improvement adds to the attractiveness of this corner of our park.

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