Photo by Barbara Fowlds, May 2021

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

View a map of our location

You can join The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground by following this link
You will receive newsletters
about our events and updates about our fundraising efforts to restore the bandstand and paddling pool
and, if you want to do something practical, we are always looking for volunteers to help us with our events!
Our Annual General Meeting is held in the autumn and, as a member, you will be able to vote at this meeting.

AGM Minutes 6th December 2023

FoCRRG Accounts 2022/2023
Treasurer's Report 2022/2023

Paddling Pool status - The paddling pool is currently closed


The Bandstand covering has now been removed!
(Click the link below to view)

For All Bandstand Restoration News and Progress Updates
please visit the Project page

For more News and Events in the park
please click here


Personalised Bandstand Brick Inscriptions

that will be installed on the circular path around the bandstand

London Borough of Bromley have now halted sales of bricks until after the restoration works have completed.

You will still be able to purchase tickets for the launch party and/or donate to the project whilst the works are underway, and further purchases of bricks will be possible once the works have been completed.

Visit https://www.bromley.gov.uk/bowiebandstand for more information.


Croydon Road Recreation Ground bid for London Borough of Bromley Platinum Jubilee parks fund

London Borough of Bromley has unveiled a 1 million fund to contribute towards community led projects that improve our green spaces. More details can be found here: www.bromley.gov.uk/jubileeparksfund

Applications were welcomed from Friends groups, and had to include the backing of at least 100 local residents who are on the electoral roll within the London Borough of Bromley.

The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground have applied to the Platinum Jubilee parks fund so we can help to improve your local park.

Our proposal is to install new park signage at each major entrance, and within the park. Improved access to the park will be of benefit to all, and some of the signboards would include space for advertising special events.

Our application has been approved and we will keep you informed of the progress in due course.


Future Plans

Toilet refurbishment has been brought up by ourselves, the cafe and the Ward Councillors as a priority for the park (see the article below).

Another longer term improvement for the park will be refurbishment of the paddling pool, for which we have already started fundraising. LBB are also planning to refurbish the smaller gazebo/shelter in the park this year, should the external funding prove forthcoming.


The state of the park's toilets

 

The Friends are increasingly concerned about the state of the park’s toilets, following several recent complaints. idverde ground staff are contracted by Bromley Council to clean and re-stock the toilets every morning when the toilets are unlocked; the Service level Agreement is once a day.

The toilets have deteriorated recently and have experienced vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The state of the toilets has led to the ward Councillor escalating the situation with the Portfolio Holder for parks at Bromley Council.
idverde's Grounds Maintenance Manager has now ordered a deep clean from their sub-contractor to help address the situation.

Due to these problems, the idverde team has committed to monitoring the toilets at various times during the day and cleaning and restocking them as necessary. Time sheets have now been placed in the toilet for the operative to sign on each visit and a supervisor will visit periodically to assess the condition and request a clean, if necessary. The team will inform management immediately if there are any signs of anti-social behaviour and record any damage to the toilet block so that this can be reported to Bromley Council, for repairs to be initiated.

We would encourage all Friends to report issues with the toilets direct to the council. The more we report it the more pressure we put on Bromley Council to address the issues . Please report all issues with the toilets (and any other matters in the park) here:
https://fix.bromley.gov.uk/around?js=1&zoom=3&lat=51.40378&lon=-0.03297

Longer term we are campaigning for a full refurbishment of the toilet block to coincide with the bandstand renovation and we would welcome support from all Friends to pressure Bromley Council to provide funding to support this.

If any Friends are interested in volunteering to help with repainting and refreshing the toilets in a community day partnership with IdVerde and Bromley Council please email John Backway, Membership Secretary at jmbackway@yahoo.co.uk. All materials will be provided and no toilet cleaning would be expected !


The Gate Lodge and adjacent Gateway awarded Grade II Listing by Historic England

 

David Bowie's festival bandstand gets Grade II listing (August 2019)




A BOOK ABOUT THE PARK


This book is available to purchase either on CD in PDF format from Pat's website
or in hardcopy format at ?8 per copy by e-mailing
pickpatspage@googlemail.com

Please click on the cover above to visit Pat Manning's website for CD purchase details.

THE TREES AND SHRUBS OF CROYDON ROAD RECREATION GROUND

Mrs Pat Manning a respected local author and a member of the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground has produced a booklet about the flowering trees and shrubs within its boundaries. The book was compiled for the Friends of the Recreation Ground in celebration of its 120 years existence in 2011. It is not generally available as hard copy but can be ordered on CD for use on a computer. It includes a taste of history, a month by month record of the most notable trees and shrubs through the year, all in full colour, three walks to identify the trees and shrubs with plans of the shrubberies and a Latin/common name index.

CONTACT US

You can e-mail us at friends@becrec.net

and our mailing address is:
FoCRRG c/o 19 Clock House Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4JS


Reporting problems in the park:
email:
enquiriesbromley@idverde.co.uk
or report problems online at
Bromley Fix My Street

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