Great parks in Camden
Maygrove peace park
Maygrove peace park has been recently refurbished and now benefits from a number of new and improved facilities
- a new traditional playground
- Natural play area for older children
- Outdoor gym
- Multi use games area
- Community centre
This new refurbishment together with the active community surrounding this park earnt Maygrove Peace Park a coveted Green Flag and a Silver award from London in Bloom in 2010.
Sidings community Centre
This community centre is on site and provides a range of activities for locals including playgroup, creches, youth club, after-school club and school holiday playschemes for children and young people.
Community education and recreation programme for adults includes ESOL, creative writing and literature, computing, dance, healthy eating, East-meets-West sewing class, pilates and choir practice.
All bookings for the multi games use area are made through the centre which is also available for hire.
Maygrove Peace Park is situated in the heart of Kilburn. The centre of Kilburn life is the Kilburn High Road, a section of the ancient Roman Road of Watling Street which now forms the western boundary of the London borough of Camden. This same road starts life at the north-east corner of Hyde Park as Edgware Road and continues through North-West London up to St Albans, which was an important Roman settlement.
The Sidings Community Centre and the adjoining West End Sidings estate both take their names from the former West End railway sidings running along the Midland Railway which connects West Hampstead Thames link station to St Pancras (Eurostar International line), Europe and beyond. The first train to use this line left St Pancras en route to Manchester at 10.00am on the 1st of October 1868.
Brassey Road that leads to the rear of the park takes its name from Mr Thomas Brassey (1805-1870) who was the civil engineer responsible for building the Midland Railway London extension into St Pancras in 1860 and was responsible for 1 in 3 miles of all railway track that was laid during his lifetime. He was thought to be one of the first men to have a vision of building a Channel tunnel and failed to convince the governments of the time of its worth.
Peace in the park
On 27 April 1983, Camden Council agreed to officially designate Maygrove a peace park as a permanent reminder of the council’s commitment to peace. The opening of the park was timed to coincide with the 39th anniversary of the Nagasaki Day, which was 9th August 1984, by Mayor Barbra Hughes with Msgr Bruce Kent (CND). The Mayor of Camden sent a telegram to the Mayor of Nagasaki (Hitoshi Motoshima) who replied "We hope your Peace Park will be remembered long as a symbol of Peace” which was read out at the opening ceremony while a thousand white balloons were released into the air.(Kilburn Times 17th August 1984).
The Peace Crane sculptured by Hamish Black is a representation of the Japanese origami peace crane made by thousands of children all over the world. The metal insert on the plinth is the story of the little girl called Sadako and the origin of the crane as the Japanese symbol of peace.
As you walk along peace walk there are 7 stones inscribed with messages of peace from philosophists none more poignant than from the Mayor of Hiroshima, Takeshi Araki in 1976;
“We the citizens of Hiroshima ever mindful of the cruel experience clearly foresee the extinction of mankind and an end to civilisation should the world drift into nuclear war Therefore we have vowed to set aside our griefs and grudges and continuously pleaded before the peoples of the world to abolish weapons and renounce war so that we may never again repeat the tragedy of Hiroshima”.
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