Parks and open spaces in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
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. There are also over 20 allotments sites which are either self-managed or run by the local council. An assessment conducted in 2006 identified 165 hectares (410 acres) of park and 340 hectares (840 acres) of other open spaces in the borough.
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.
The local authority's approach to managing its parks and open spaces are set out in its current Green Spaces strategy, 2015–2021.
The main parks and open spaces managed by Kingston upon Thames Borough Council are:
|Alexandra Recreation Ground||Surbiton|
|Athelstan Recreation Ground||Kingston|
|Barton Green||New Malden|
|Beverley Park||New Malden|
|Blagdon Road Recreation Ground||New Malden|
|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|
|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|
|Queens Promenade||Kingston to Surbiton|
|Raeburn Avenue Open Space||Berrylands|
|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|
- "Council owned parks" (pdf). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 21 June 2013.
- "Council owned playgrounds" (pdf). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 21 June 2013.
- "Allotments" (pdf). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 21 June 2013.
- "Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames Green Spaces Strategy 2008 – 2018" (PDF). Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. 26 February 2008. p. 95.
- "The Greater London and Surrey (County and London Borough Boundaries) (No. 2) Order 1993". legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
- "Green spaces strategy 2015 to 2021". Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Retrieved 20 January 2020.