The first of seven new parks being created in a new neighbourhood of nearly 7,000 has opened.

Celebrations have been held over the past week marking the opening of Claremont Park, part of the Brent Cross Town regeneration.

Created on the site of Claremont Way Open Space, the new park includes a range of play and community facilities.

There is a new playground with climbing structures, sandpits, a water play area, skate park, and other sporting activities.

There are also exercise areas, a benches and picnic tables, walking and cycling routes, a pond, woodland walk, natural amphitheatre and stage.

More than 300 new trees have been planted with wildflower meadows featuring across the park.

Times Series: Basketball court at Claremont Park. Credit: Related ArgentBasketball court at Claremont Park. Credit: Related Argent

A new kiosk will be run as an ice-cream parlour by Gus Bodur, who lives in Clitterhouse Road.

Karma Bread Bakehouse has also recently opened alongside Happy Face Pizza in Claremont Way.

The launch of Claremont Park saw four days of special events, including live music performers, a scavenger hunt, face painting, nature talks, art workshops, and sports activities, culminating in a nature parade and lantern procession on June 12.

Brent Cross Town will sit at the heart of the Brent Cross Cricklewood regeneration programme, providing 6,700 homes, new workspaces for up to 25,000 people, shops, restaurants, schools, and parks.

Times Series: Aerial CGI of a part of the Brent Cross Town scheme. Credit: Related ArgentAerial CGI of a part of the Brent Cross Town scheme. Credit: Related Argent

The construction of Brent Cross West station on the Thameslink line is due to be completed by the end of 2022.  

The scheme is being delivered by Barnet Council in partnership with developer Related Argent.

Council leader Cllr Barry Rawlings said: “Claremont Park is a fantastic new neighbourhood park for the enjoyment of local people. I am pleased that community facilities like this are opening first in the new development to ensure that existing residents benefit from the transformation of the area, whether that’s through new parks and open spaces, new shops, or employment opportunities.

“I look forward to seeing children and adults enjoy everything the new park has to offer.”

Times Series: CGI of part of Brent Cross Town. Credit: Related ArgentCGI of part of Brent Cross Town. Credit: Related Argent

Morwenna Hall, partner at Related Argent, said: “By extending and transforming the existing Claremont Way Open Space we have created a new neighbourhood space that has something for everyone and, importantly, helps to support the increase in the biodiversity of the area.”