Harlow Town Park was designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe and opened in 1957. The park covers 164 acres and includes Water, Newfoundland, Specimen, Sensory and Walled Gardens, the Stort Valley Meadows and Peace Wood, paddling pool, bandstand, Skate Park, Adventure playground, plus Pets' Corner and Spurriers House, built in the 1860’s. The newest addition to the park is an outdoor gym.
Annual events include a Bonfire and Fireworks night, fairs and circuses on the Showground and bands and concerts on the outdoor bandstand. With a number of attractions for all the family throughout the year, Harlow Town Park is the ideal place for adults and children enjoy. You can also experience the natural wildlife, relax and explore the beautiful surroundings.
Town Park restoration
Harlow Council received a grant of £1.83m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) as part of the £2.8m restoration of Harlow Town Park, with around £800,000 spent on the Pets' Corner refurbishment.
Extensive work has been undertaken over the past few months on the Town Park Heritage Lottery Fund regeneration project. A summary of the progress is:
- Landscaping: The landscaping contract undertaken by Blakedown has now been completed except for some turfing and minor path work.
- The Water Garden: The Water Garden is now fully accessible and visitors can enjoy the new planting scheme and paths.
- Building works: During the last couple of months the building contractor Bolt and Heeks has been undertaking major works to the buildings around the Pets' Corner area of the park. Pets' Corner re-opened 27 October 2015 following major refurbishment. Over 500 people saw the improved facilities within the first hour of opening with an estimated 2000 people visited during the first day. More information on Pets' Corner
- Bandstand: The refurbishment of the Bandstand has been completed except for some concreting at the front. Harlow College work experience students are completing the interior redecoration of the bandstand.
- Spurriers House: Refurbishment of the ground floor is underway to enable a cafe with seating to be created. The Learning Centre, made from straw bales is nearing completion.
- Town Park volunteers have completed the restoration of the Rose Garden which will be fully reopened once the Spurriers Café terrace work is completed. They are now working on the restoration of a rockery in the Specimen Garden.
Further information on the developments can be obtained from Mike Levett, Education and Volunteer officer on 01279 446834 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students help with Town park restoration
Harlow College work experience students have completed an area of paving and raised beds in the Walled Garden. This will be used by the local community for horticultural uses from Spring 2016.
More than 80 construction students from Harlow College have been doing work experience placements at the Town Park, as part of the Town Park regeneration project. Students have either been painting the bandstand, laying paths or building raised beds.
Harlow’s popular outdoor gym facility, which opened in the Town Park in April, was officially launched on Saturday 8 August 2015. The Outdoor Gym currently has eight pieces of equipment that enable people to get a full body workout. The equipment includes a set of triple pull-up bars, a sit-up bench, a step box multi-gym, a chest press/pull down, a swingalong, a set of hurdles, a set of parallel bars and a balance beam.
Also launched were the free Fitpark classes which will take place at the outdoor gym; these classes are provided by local business Stanley4Fitness. For more information visit: www.stanley4fitness.com/fitpark
Town Park Pitch and Putt
Harlow Council is looking to bring the once popular Pitch and Putt facility back as part of measures to improve the Town Park and promote health and wellbeing. The Council invited Expressions of Interest (May 2015) from suitably experienced companies to reinstate and manage the pitch and putt facility. The facility is set within open parkland and has previously been operated as a pitch and putt golf facility. It ceased operating seasonally by the Council in the late 1990s and was taken over as a private venture for a few years. The operations will include land management as well as building management for the kiosk.
There are several pay and display car parks located around the Town Park.
There are some really exciting opportunities available for people who want to volunteer at the Town Park. With improvements to the park underway, which are part-funded by HLF and the BIG under its Parks for People programme, now is an ideal time to come and join volunteer groups working to improve the park for local people to enjoy. Town Park volunteer leaflet (pdf)
- Town Park volunteers
Come and join the volunteers helping out with gardening and horticultural work at the Town Park. No previous experience is necessary – just an interest in working outdoors and plenty of enthusiasm is required. Tools, equipment and training are provided and in some cases travel expenses can be paid for. Volunteer events are held every Thursday from 10am-2pm. You can also volunteer at other Town Park events and activities. Volunteering work of this kind can provide you with a good deal of experience, particularly if you are looking to work in horticulture, nature conservation or park management.
- Town Park Users Group
If you are interested in making a positive contribution towards the ongoing management and development of the Park ;then why not join the Town Park Users Group? The group meets every quarter on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Education Centre at Pets Corner. New members are always welcome. Town Park Users Group website Please contact Mike Ruocco on 01279 425595 or email: email@example.com
- Pets' Corner volunteering and Friends
Pets' Corner offers many volunteering opportunities including working with the animals, helping with events, in the gift shop or becoming a Friend of Pets Corner. Volunteering can be for a few hours or a whole day and the Friends welcome new members over 18. More information on Pets' Corner volunteers and Friends