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
2021 Events in the Recreation Ground
Saturday 14th August 2021
time: 11:45am, Start time: 12:00pm
are available now from...
We played Our songs and felt the London sky...
We are thrilled to announce the fifth Bowie's Beckenham Oddity festival, an event that's fundraising for the Bowie Bandstand Restoration and Plaque Fund.
The bandstand is situated in the grounds of Croydon Rd Recreation Ground, Beckenham BR3 3NR and in August 1969 David Bowie not only co-organised the original festival but he also performed there, in his set that day was a reggae version of Space Oddity with Tony Visconti.
Come and celebrate the life and music of...
DAVID BOWIE / THE GROWTH SUMMER FESTIVAL OF 1969 / THE SPIDERS FROM MARS / THE ARTS LAB and beyond
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.
Gate Lodge and adjacent Gateway to
Croydon Road Recreation Ground
HISTORIC ENGLAND HAS STATED THE FOLLOWING REASONS FOR DESIGNATION DECISION
The gate lodge and gateway to Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, built in 1890 to 1891, are recommended for listing at Grade II for the following principal reasons:
A late Victorian gate lodge forming a strong architectural composition alongside the gateway at the entrance to the park, including wooden verandas, a circular bay window for the supervision of the park covered by an elegant ogee dome, and a pyramidal roof rising to a tall central chimney stack;
The lodge survives relatively well and compares favourably to listed lodges of the period.
For the historic association with the wider expansion of the public park movement in the late 19th century, following the Public Health Act (1875), when parks developed in suburbs and small towns for recreation and as an expression of civic pride.
As a component of a fine late Victorian and Edwardian ensemble alongside the Grade II-listed (2019) Bowie Bandstand (1905), which is also associated with the 1969 Summer Growth Festival and David Bowies rise to fame after performing in the park, adjacent to housing of the same period.
Friends Volunteering COVID-19 Update
May 2021 update from idverde
As I am sure you have become accustomed in recent times, we have an update on volunteering activities in relation to the most recently confirmed easing of Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect on 17th May 2021.
See the link below for a PDF document detailing these changes, which affect self-led volunteering activities. Once again Id like to take the opportunity to thank and congratulate you all for the commitment and positive impact your efforts have had on Bromleys parks and greenspace over the last few months.
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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