Our story

Not so long ago, Brunswick Park was not a park but part of a busy steam railway stretching across North London.

years of existence
of daily users

Until the early 1970s, there were no lawns or trees here. Instead, this was the site of an extra platform for Seven Sister stations.

The Palace Gates branch line connected the station to Wood Green and Alexandra Palace.

(Map via NLS)

The last trains ran in 1964 and the railway lines were removed in the decade that followed, leaving behind an open space that has developed into the park you see today.

(Picture: Tony Statham, Disused Stations)

Turn of the century

In 2003, when the park was known as Brunswick Road Open Space, it had a limited refurbishment of paths and  the outdoor games area.

Some of the furniture at the park gates dates from this time, which is why it is need of renewal.

Recent renewal

The park received a new lease of life — and a new name, Brunswick Park — after local residents came together in 2017 to improve the space for the benefit of everyone.

A successful campaign by the Fountain Area Residents Association (FARA) meant that the park received funding from the London Marathon Charitable Trust and Tesco to redevelop its entrances and playing areas to create a more welcoming environment for all users.

Haringey Council has also installed new outdoor gym equipment to encourage a healthy lifestyle among park residents.

We still have plenty of plans for renewing the park further — find out more about our plans on the What's Happening page.