Alexandra Road Park is a neighbourhood public park, located in the heart of the Alexandra and Ainsworth community. It forms a green oasis in a built up urban area of inner London, and is a rare and highly acclaimed example of late 20th Century landscape design. The park area is 4 acres including footpaths (of which 3 acres are the only Designated Open Space on the estate). An important aspect of the park is that it is at the centre (and designed in conjunction with) the wider landscape of the 16.2 acre Alexandra and Ainsworth estate, with the park connecting to several adjacent plaza spaces, which create entrance areas connecting it to the wider estate.
The park, an east-west swathe of green space between two long blocks of the estate was designed by Janet Jack (1972-8) in conjunction with Neave Brown’s new housing. The park cannot be uncoupled from the housing and together they are a highly valued example of landscaping and architecture from the period of rebuilding (1960s/70s) of post-war London.
The value of the park’s original design to the community goes beyond the fundamental concern for heritage: the community has given overwhelming support to retain and rejuvenate the original character of the landscape and is leading several initiatives to implement this vision. Members of the Alexandra and Ainsworth Tenants and Residents Association (TRA) in collaboration with officers from Camden Council (collectively, The Alexandra Road Park Group) recently succeeded in gaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop full plans for the regeneration of the park.