Willesborough Recreation Ground

Many residents have said that they would like to see more than just cut grass on the Rec – we are looking for ideas.

Some ideas we have had so far include:

  • Meadow Area (Uncut area sown with wild flowers (good for bees etc.))
  • Community Orchard (An area with fruit and nut trees)
  • Paved pathways (for disabled, parents with pushchairs, cyclists etc.)
  • Football pitches (or other sport facilities – enter suggestions below)
  • Exercise machines
  • Seats, Benches, Picnic tables, Shelters etc.

We have published a Questionnaire, which can be accessed here —> Rec_Questionnaire.   You can complete it and return to the address/email addresses shown.   Alternatively, you can leave your comments below or email comments to rec@north-willesborough.org.uk.

We look forward to getting your views.

A current plan of the Rec can be viewed HERE

20 thoughts on “Willesborough Recreation Ground

  1. Nicola

    Football pitch(es), decent park for variety of ages. Removal of the sandpit. Tennis court & basketball court.
    Small car park to encourage people to visit.
    Any slides or other metal which tend to get hot to be placed out of direct sunlight

  2. Katherine Cotsford

    A better play area, something for all ages. Play area could be nature related. Maybe made of wood/logs etc. Get the children from Willesborough School Infants and juniors to give ideas and competition for the design as it’s used a lot before and after school by pupils.
    Wildlife meadow with signs to explain what wildlife could be spotted there. Make the signs a spotting wildlife game. At Brookhill country park they have brass rubbing of the wildlife the children can find, so it’s hands on fun and learning.
    More dog poo bins to be available.
    More picnic tables and benches some in shady spots.
    Keep the trees for shade and include some shade in the play area as on a hot day it’s too much for the children and adults.
    Hold a fun day on the field for the opening to get the community together.

  3. Jo Rossi

    Updated play equipment , fenced off, for little ones and up to teenagers
    Wild meadow / community allotment /orchard type set up
    Exercise machines
    Tennis courts back in use
    Basket ball court refurbed

  4. Julia Snashall

    Resident of Church Road & our house backs onto The Rec. I use the Rec regularly to do my running around the perimeter. I would like to see the continuation of the grass mowing and hedges neatly trimmed.

    I would hate to see this turned onto a housing estate.

    Wild Meadow Area good idea

    No nut trees! Allergies

    No shelters – might encourage youths!

    Good idea for tarmac pathways around perimeter for disabled or pushchairs etc. But be mindful that if the trees or bushes are not regularly trimmed this would become overgrown and unusable

  5. Paula

    Fenced in football pitch separate from dog walking area.
    Basketball Court re-done
    Bring back tennis courts
    Playground equipment to suit all ages – the wood playgrounds in some new parks are lovely.

  6. Emma

    Love the idea of community fruit trees!
    Also think it would be a great idea to ask students at the Willesborough schools (including the North) what they might like.
    Something for older kids like skate ramps, bike tracks or play equipment designed for them so they don’t need to use the smaller children’s equipment.
    Exercise equipment for older people.

    My children have enjoyed using all of the current equipment at the play park, especially the zip wire, the net swing and the sand pit.

    Maybe some kind of distance markers around the perimeter of the field so joggers can do timed runs over a measured distance.

    More sports facilities including netball, tennis and football.

  7. Vikki

    The park needs the sand removing, a safer big slide and climbing frame, adult exercise eq that teenagers can also use, skate ramps maybe, an area for little ones, lots of bins etc

  8. Gregory Mayne

    Exercise machines would be a good idea, but with the British climate and flexible gym memberships (no contracts) who wants to train in all weathers? They basically become a bit of a gimmick and can be vandalised. Same with shelters – can just see them attracting anti social behaviour. The trick is to keep it simple. After all, we like the idea there is no development on it.

    Continue to mow a section and have another with wild
    flowers for bees. I also like the idea of fruit and nut trees.

  9. Pamela Homer

    Exercise equipment would be excellent. Updated basketball area, more seats and hard walkways. This is a good park which is used every day and the community deserves this area to be made better.

  10. Paul Pilcher

    How about a cycle track with little jumps and banked corners?
    I remember an uncle telling me about cyclo speedway that used to happen back in the day.
    Kids have lots of energy that need to be spent and with people moaning about them pulling wheelies in the road it could certainly work and lead them into a better healthier path of sport

  11. Tim Branchett

    There should be football pitches there, this is an area suitable for many and should be fully utilised. A play park for young children with gym equipment and a variety of sports. It should be a green area that encourages people to stay active no matter what sport they enjoy such as a tennis court or basketball court.

  12. Toby Winyard

    Excersize machines is a great idea along with a path for runners and walkers and pushchairs. In this type of weather it becomes very rare that parents walk across the fields and instead we have to joke on car fumes along the main roads instead. Anything to avoid that has to be a good thing. Is it possible to block it to users of dirt bikes? One day someone is going to get hurt. More bins please (PS where do i go to get a litter grabber so i can do some litter picking while with the kids at the playground?) Meadow area is great, how about some large tough BBQ’s in one area to encourage summer park parties? (only during the day of course)

  13. Dave Hayes

    A hard surface path circumnavigating the recreation ground with spur up to children’s play park would be great for joggers, disabled and pushchair access in all weathers.

  14. Shirley Coleman

    Bring back the tennis courts. Anything to encourage children (and adults) to be active would be good. Some more benches would also be great, especially on the Osborne Road side. There is definitely a shortage of places to sit if you have mobility problems. A bin right next to the wooden sofa/chair where the teenagers sit, as they leave lots of litter/food (a nightmare for dog owners). A gate on all play area entrances to stop the dogs getting in. Tarmac pathways. How about a proper fenced of dog exercise area where dog owners can safely let their dog off lead without the fear of it running into Hythe , (complete with poo bin). Meadow area also great idea.

  15. Aaron

    A calisthenics / outdoor gym (pull up bars, and dip bars, monkey bars etc.) would be great to us who cannot afford to go to the gym or like to exercise outdoors and want to stay fit an healthy.
    I imagine this is cheaper and requires less maintenance than the exercise machines they have just installed at the Sevington park.


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