Parks and open spaces in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

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The Fairfield in Kingston
Fishponds Park, Tolworth
Claremont Gardens, Surbiton

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is located along a stretch of the River Thames where the Hogsmill River joins the former at the town of Kingston. The Borough contains over 30 parks, 24 playgrounds, sports grounds and open spaces.[1][2] There are also over 20 allotments sites which are either self-managed or run by the local council.[3] An assessment conducted in 2006 identified 165 hectares (410 acres) of park and 340 hectares (840 acres) of other open spaces in the borough.[4]

Much of the borough's Thames river frontage is open and accessible to the public. To the north of the town centre Canbury Gardens extends to the Lower Ham Road beyond which the Dysart open space, Royal Park Gate recreation ground and the adjacent Hawker Centre sports ground form a continuation of Ham Lands in the neighbouring London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. To the south of the town centre Queens Promenade provides open river frontage as far as Surbiton. Pedestrian access to the course of the Hogsmill River leads from its mouth at the Thames, south of the town centre, to the Hogsmill River Park and beyond.

Other open spaces include the western half of Beverley Park and the University of London Athletic Ground and the BBC Sports Ground, Motspur Park.

Historically, the southern tip of Richmond Park fell within the borough boundaries but it was incorporated into Richmond upon Thames in 1994.[5]

The local authority's approach to managing its parks and open spaces are set out in its current Green Spaces strategy, 2015–2021.[6]

The main parks and open spaces managed by Kingston upon Thames Borough Council are:

Name Locality Notes
Alexandra Recreation Ground Surbiton
Athelstan Recreation Ground Kingston
Barton Green New Malden
Beverley Park New Malden
Blagdon Road Recreation Ground New Malden
Canbury Gardens Canbury
Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve Chessington
Churchfields Recreation Ground Chessington
Claremont Crescent Gardens Surbiton
Cromwell Open Space New Malden
Dickerage Recreation Ground New Malden
Dysart open space Canbury Contiguous part of Ham Lands
Elmbridge Meadows Berrylands Hogsmill Valley
Elm Road Recreation Ground Kingston
Fairfield Recreation Ground Kingston
Fishponds Park Surbiton
Green Lane Recreation Ground New Malden Hogsmill Valley
King Edwards Recreation Ground Chessington
King George’s recreation Ground Chessington
Kingston Road Recreation Ground New Malden
Latchmere Recreation Ground Canbury
Long Meadows Old Malden Hogsmill Valley
Manor Park Old Malden
Memorial Gardens Kingston
Queens Promenade Kingston to Surbiton
Raeburn Avenue Open Space Berrylands
RAF Chessington Hook
Royal Park Gate Open Space Canbury
Rose Walk Berrylands Hogsmill Valley
Sir Frances Barker Recreation Ground Chessington
Southwood Open Space Old Malden Hogsmill Valley
St Andrews Square Seething Wells
Tolworth Court Farm Fields Local Nature Reserve Tolworth
Woodgate Avenue Chessington

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Council owned parks" (pdf). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 21 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Council owned playgrounds" (pdf). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 21 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Allotments" (pdf). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 21 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Green Spaces Strategy 2008 – 2018" (PDF). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 26 February 2008. p. 95.
  5. ^ "The Greater London and Surrey (County and London Borough Boundaries) (No. 2) Order 1993". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Green spaces strategy 2015 to 2021". Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Retrieved 20 January 2020.

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