Important COVID-19 Information
All parks and open spaces across Redbridge are open for daily exercise and fresh air.
Our play areas across Redbridge parks are open. Cafes are running a takeaway only service. From Monday 29 March, sports courts (including MUGA and basketball) and outdoor gyms will reopen and outdoor sports (football/cricket) can resume. Bowls/Cricket can resume with their planned seasons on Saturday 17 April.
Covid Guidance & Updates
- Read our guidance on using parks facilities (please read before visiting)
- Read more on COVID-19 Impact on all Vision Services
About the park
Ray Park is a large park which boasts a vast expanse of green space. It benefits from a mature landscape and offers great space for dog walking and leisurely strolls through the park and along the River Roding which runs next to the park. Situated in a large residential area, the park is the hub, offering a variety of activities for families. It’s a great space for informal sport and has tennis courts and a full size football pitch.
Our Nature Conservation Team are based at the James Leal Centre offering talks, events and information regarding nature and history. The Centre features a café which is a friendly local meeting place offering a selection of beverages and fresh food.
Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.
Notice for park users (beginning 24 March 2021)
On Wednesday 24 March, mobilisation will begin, for the long awaited works to make safe and repair the James Leal Centre roof, at Ray Park. Please note for everyone’s safety, the current fencing will be extended out and around the back of the building, which will cause some disruption to access. Please follow the signs on site. The Play Area and Café will remain operational and accessible throughout. We expect the works to last for at least 6 weeks.
Activities in the park
Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Use the maps to navigate the course at your own pace, maps cost £1 and are available from the James Leal Centre café.
James Leal Centre
The area as you approach the James Leal Centre is temporarily cordoned off with heras fencing for public safety. The centre itself remains open with access to the cafe and toilets from the rear of the building.
Car parking is available at this site, payment via RingGo. No cash payments are accepted. Find out more on our car parking and park rules page.