One of the borough's major green spaces, Hackney Downs first opened as a public park in 1884.
Major improvement works mean that the park now boasts flood-lit tennis courts, resurfaced basketball courts, athletics track, football pitch, and multi-use games area. There is a children's play area and dog-free area. While the pavilion also contains two team changing rooms and a community room which are available for hire.
Hackney Downs has Green Flag status - Keep Britain Tidy's recognition of the best green spaces in the country - and has a number of meadows, which by mid-summer should be in full bloom providing a rich habitat for insects including butterflies and bees.
In 2014, the Hackney Mosaic Project, a charity that helps people recovering from addiction, covered the walls of an old shelter in the children's playground with mosaics depicting animals and trees, these were unveiled by Russell Brand.
Free group exercise classes also take place on the downs, led by experienced, fully qualified and insured instructors.