Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3PR
Croydon Road Recreation Ground is situated in the London Borough of Bromley adjacent to Beckenham Hospital (The Beacon).
The park is one of the most popular facilities in the borough for outdoor events ranging from May Queen pageants and charity fetes to firework displays and funfairs. The recreation ground boasts scenic views with a bandstand, landscaped gardens, football pitches with changing accomodation, a childrens' paddling pool and enclosed play area, a cafe, tennis courts, and basketball/netball facilities. There is also a thriving bowls club with immaculate greens.
Entrances to the recreation ground can be found on Croydon Road and Village Way, Beckenham.
On-street parking is available in Croydon Road and Village Way and a multi-storey car park is available above Sainsbury's store close to the High Street.
The official opening/closing times can be found on our Facilities page
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Croydon Road Recreation Ground by following this link
2021 Events in the Recreation
Paddling Pool status update
After consideration and consultation with Bromley Council, idverde has taken the decision NOT to open the paddling pool until after 21st June 2021 (COVID-permitting). Although outdoor swimming pools are now permitted to be opened, they do not feel that they can open the paddling pool safely, in line with Covid Secure guidance.
There is no specific guidance published for paddling pools at this time but some of the more pertinent recommended control measures for swimming pools, that would form part of a risk assessment for the paddling pools to comply with existing government guidelines, are as follows;
· Customer online pre-booking only
· Reduced bather loads: Recommended minimum 9 square metres per person
· Pools divided for family sessions so that each household has their own area
They believe these control measures and monitoring correct social distancing - are beyond the scope of what they could achieve with the current resources and infrastructure at our disposal.
They will continue to monitor government guidance closely and will review this decision as and when guidance is updated.
Answer provided by Cllr. William Huntington-Thresher to our Chairman's question for the full Council meeting on 20th July 2020
From Chris Phillips, Chairman, Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground, to the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Services:
At their AGM the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground were advised by idverde on behalf of Bromley Council that a conservation architect would be appointed by the end of February 2020 to draw up a specification for restoration of the bandstand. What progress has been made with this to date?
We appreciate that progress in securing a Conservation Architect is disappointingly behind schedule. We would envisage being able to re-commence work on tendering for this consultant in August, with a view to making an appointment towards the end of September in conjunction with the Friends group.
David Bowie's festival bandstand gets Grade II listing
Singer performed to audience of few hundred at Beckenham landmark in summer of 1969
Beckenham bandstand, known to fans as the Bowie bandstand
was used for singers 1969 summer festival
Fifty years after a young David Bowie performed from a south London bandstand in front of a tiny crowd at a summer festival he organised, the historic iron structure that served as his modest stage has been Grade II-listed.
Known to fans as the "Bowie bandstand", and thought to be the only surviving example from the Glasgow-based McCallum and Hope iron foundry in the UK, it was the centrepiece of the Growth summer festival, held by Bowie and friends on 16 August 1969 in Beckenham.
We have two current funding priorities in the Recreation Ground:
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