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
You can join The Friends of
Croydon Road Recreation Ground by following this link
Paddling Pool status - The paddling pool is now closed until summer 2023
Easter Egg Hunt
Hunt for eggs and
raise money for charity on Good Friday in Croydon Road
Recreation Ground (Beckenham Rec), next to the Bowie
We are pleased to report that the
proposals for restoration were granted Planning approval
and Listed building consent at the Councils Plans
Sub-Committee No. 4 on 24th November 2022.
Bowie Bandstand, Croydon Road
Bromley Council has now issued the
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 are welcomed from Friends groups, and must also 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. We would like a picture of the bandstand to appear on each entrance signboard as it is a unique symbol of the park. Improved access to the park will be of benefit to all, and the signboards could include space for advertising special events.
A comprehensive David Bowie Trivia book, compiled for charity and presented in the form of 1500 questions, offering even the most obsessive of fans the opportunity to test themselves on all things Bowie. The questions are presented in a chronological order, decade by decade, thereby giving the reader a timeline, and hopefully at least some small insight into what a certain David Robert Jones did with his life. It is hoped that the book proves to be both enjoyable to work through, and informative at the same time. Proceeds donated to the 'Bowie Bandstand Restoration Appeal' in Beckenham and to 'Macmillan Cancer Support'.
Buy the book from Amazon and support our appeal
Bowie Bandstand Planning Application
(The above image may be viewed in more detail as part of PDF document 'PROPOSED NORTH-WEST & SOUTH-EAST ELEVATION PLANS' within the planning application documentation via the Planning Permission link below)
The planning applications for the Bandstand Restoration have been published and may now be viewed on the London Borough of Bromley's planning portal via the links below:
London Borough of Bromley Bandstand News:
Listed Building Consent:
LBB Neighbourhood Management is working with the Friends of Parks borough-wide forum on a parks-wide signage improvement project and our Friends Group will be putting forward some ambitious proposals to improve park signage at Croydon Road Rec. specifically.
London Borough of Bromley is now accepting applications for their £1Million Platinum Jubilee Parks fund, an LBB-administered parks improvement fund. .Details of how to apply for some of the fund have been circulated to community groups and The Friends are planning to apply to the fund for replacement of our park's grossly out of date signage, which could include a story board of the bandstand.
We will keep you informed of the progress of our application in due course.
Also, 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 parks 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.
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:
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 email@example.com. All materials will be provided and no toilet cleaning would be expected !
Council discuss Bowie Bandstand restoration report
Programme Timetable for Bandstand restoration project
The Gate Lodge and adjacent Gateway awarded Grade II Listing by Historic England
David Bowie's festival bandstand gets Grade II listing (August 2019)
problems in the park:
or report problems online at Bromley Fix My Street
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