We held a Play Street event on Saturday 25th September to celebrate Car Free Day and the permanent closure of the road through Highbury Fields to traffic.
It was fantastic to see children enjoying the road space – we had skipping, chalk drawing, bubbles, and some hotly contested egg-and-spoon and three-legged races!
Several families passing by came to join in, and everyone commented how crazy it seems that cars were once able to drive along this road through the park! We also had visits from local elected councillors, the new Active Travel Officer for Islington Council, and dozens of cyclists taking part in a tour of local parklets!
As well as fun and games, we also had lots of conversations with people about what they thought should happen next with the road space. To gather these ideas, we had clipboards with templates of the road space, and asked people to sketch their vision.
There were lots of great ideas, with common themes being play spaces and spaces for wildflowers and nature, as well as some seating, improved (or removed) fencing, and a more demarcated space for a cycle path.
If you didn’t get a chance to attend, you can still contribute by downloading our printable template, sketching your ideas and emailing it to us.
Our next step is to put these ideas to the council and ask them to work with the community to develop both short-term plans for the space and a longer term vision.