Harlow Town Park, designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe and opened in 1957. It covers 164 acres and includes Water, Newfoundland, Specimen, Sensory and Walled Gardens, the Stort Valley Meadows and Peace Wood, plus Pets' Corner and Spurriers House, built in the 1860’s. Annual events include Harlow Council’s Town Fireworks display, fairs and circuses on the Showground and bands and concerts on the outdoor bandstand. There is also a Skate Park, adventure playground, paddling pool and a new outdoor gym.
With a number of attractions for all the family, Harlow Town Park is the ideal place for adults and children to take leisurely strolls, experience the natural wildlife and relax and enjoy 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.
Landscaping work is continuing at:
- Water Garden - sides of the ponds have been cobbled; Pisces Sculpture has been cleaned and painted, railings being painted. Drainage works for paths are continuing;
- Specimen Garden - planting of Dogwood has been completed which complements the Silver Birch, new path completed from Fifth Avenue through to Specimen garden to Walled Garden; seat bases being repaired for installation of new benches;
- Landscaping with Dogwood and other species started around Walled Garden and Pets' Corner. New avenue of trees planted from Edinburgh Way to Walled Garden past Pets' Corner
- Building works: base for new Learning Centre has been laid – in between Spurriers House and Pets' Corner; former café and old toilets have been demolished around Spurriers House; bandstand improvements nearing completion;
- Pets' Corner is closed for building works; there is still public access to the paddocks and fields to view new born lambs; More information on Pets' Corner refurbishment
- Town Park volunteers - have completed the restoration of the Sensory Garden which was officially reopened by Cllr Stevens in late June; replanting of the Circular Garden near to Spurriers House is underway by planting with Rhododendrons, Hydrangeas, lavenders and other shrubs; painting of the Newfoundland Bridge has been completed.
- Passmores School students painted the Newfoundland bridge as part of Heart 4 Harlow event and Pearsons staff restored the Millennium Clock (next to the Skate Park) and cleared ditches on the Stort Valley Meadows.
- The outdoor gym continues to be popular and well used;
- Monthly walks on a variety of themes have been well attended;
Further information on the developments can be obtained from Mike Levett, Education and Volunteer officer on 01279 446834 or email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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