The Barking Park Visitor centre can be found in the ‘hub’ of the park, next to the children’s play area and the cafe.
The Children’s natural play area has new play equipment designed to encourage imaginative and interactive play opportunities.
Café in the Park has seating inside and outside, and overlooks the boating lake.
It offers tea, coffee, snacks and meals.There is a courtyard connecting the cafe and the visitor centre, a fenced off area great for picnics and relaxing.
Public toilets are located next to the cafe and the visitor centre.
There is an accessible toilet and baby change facilities (radar key operated, please see on site staff for access).
Boat hire facility – a boating pontoon is floating in Barking Park lake.This is located in front of the cafe and near the children’s play area. Rowing boats and pedalos are available to hire.
Situated in the walls of the old Lido, the splash park is open from April to September and is a great place for the family to have fun.
Wildlife areas include:
•Ornamental shrubberies refurbished with 45,000 new plants thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project.
•Wild flower meadows created using the silt dredged out of the lake. Fantastic for wildlife, and lovely to look at.
•Pond dipping platforms located at the Eastern end of the lake, there are three accessible pond dipping platforms. Please note, these are not fishing platforms.
Barking Park is also home to many sports, recreational and community activities, groups and clubs, including sports courts, pitches, bowling and a light railway
Barking War Memorial is also located within the park.
The Barking Park Education and Outreach Ranger Service organises an interesting and exciting annual program of events and activities including:
•a park open day
•educational walks and talks.
It also hosts an increasing number of community events each year, such as:
•the annual firework display