Events & Workshops in March 2021

by Jan Ackenhausen,


We asked and you have spoken.

Hundreds of emails, lots of phone calls and Zoom meets, even a few socially distanced face-to-face conversations in-between lockdowns.

The aim of this project is to create a flagship community hub.

We really want plans to be driven by the community, with the consultant team guiding the direction of the project to ensure this new space is financially sustainable.

The team will continue to work with local people and groups to experiment and determine what uses would be most viable and suitable for people who work and live nearby. This will inform creation of the business plan and the associated design of the project..


Public outdoor space is precious - our plans will enable people from Park Royal, Harlesden and beyond to enjoy the benefits of the canal, breathing life into an undiscovered public asset.

We will provide a greener, safer community space for residents, boat dwellers and visitors, encouraging boating, walking and cycling.

The plans will include a much-needed place to meet, socialise and hangout, providing facilities to support community and recreational activities in an environment that reflects Park Royals and Harlesden's culture and character.

They will help support local businesses, providing workspace and space to trade, helping the local economy and creating jobs In the community.

In summary, the Harlesden Canalside will:

  • Encourage people to enjoy the canal and enhancing outdoor space
  • Facilitate community activities
  • Enable healthier lifestyles and outdoor activity
  • Celebrate what makes the area so unique
  • Support local businesses and create opportunities in the community


Following our conversations with the community, we have incorporated ideas and feedback so far into four main themes:

Environment - refuse clearance, landscaping, wildlife, food growing & river clean, safety, allotments.

Youth and legacy - education, expression, social space, networking and training, recruitment, safe haven, water sports, recreation and leisure.

Mending, making and meeting - hub purpose – work and social space, a café or bar, event space, markets, and a bicycle, boat and canoe repair workshop.

Supporting our under-represented communities - disability access, workshops, policing, mutual aid, drug and alcohol abuse support, homelessness, mental health.

Have we got it right? We would like to talk further with you about our findings through the upcoming events.

4th March 2021 – Harlesden Virtual Quiz

This is a relaxed, social engagement event, created to be fun, spark interest and share general knowledge of the canal and surrounding areas. It is an opportunity to further share ideas, learn more about the canal and its history whilst meeting others interested in the canalside project and those on the team behind the design.

We ask that you bring your friends and create a team of 5, or we can help you to join others and meet new friends, by placing you into a group.

Register to attend, and for further information and rules click the button below

Registration has now closed.

15th March 2021 – Harlesden Canalside ‘Your Voice Matters’ Webinar

This event focuses on the ideas and feedback collected through engagement so far.

We have grouped comments into four main themes: Environment, Youth and Legacy, Mending, Making and Meeting - hub purpose, Supporting our Under-represented Community.

There will be speakers to present these four themes including, a representative from the Canals & River Trust, Dawn Butler MP for Brent Central, Danny Coyle Headteacher of Newman Catholic College, and an Architect from We Made That with more tbc; After which, attendees will break out into groups to discuss how your ideas can be used to support them.

Each group will then have an opportunity to discuss with the other participants and this information will feed into the design.

We also hope to identify people willing to form a sounding board who will continue to engage with 3Space, We Made That and OPDC throughout the design and build process.

The webinar will be recorded and available to view and share after the event.

Register to attend and for up to date information click the button below

Registration has now closed.

18th March 2021 - Business Workshop

This is a presentation and project information session for landowners, adjacent businesses, local entrepreneurs and organisations. The event will provide a summary of types of enterprise, community business and income generating uses which could be appropriate for the site.

It will include the launch of an Expression of Interest for operators and those within community to come forward with suitable business ideas.

The event will be recorded and available to view after the event.

Register to attend and for up to date information click the button below.

Registration has now closed.

For further information on any of these events, please contact the OPDC on

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