In 2014, Denmead Parish Council, at a cost of £124,000, revamped the Ashling Park Road play park. The play park is part of King Georges playing field.
Those of you who have children / grandchildren you may have visited the new and updated play park in Denmead. If you’ve not aware of the park, it is well worth the visit.
The play park has a lovely large and free car park. The park is fenced in and so children are safe to run around at their hearts content. This also keeps dogs, and dog fouling, out.
The boys and I went to the park a number of times in the summer of 2014 and one one occasion we had a picnic and stayed for 6 hours. As it’s a local park, and I have three boys who all go to school it is unusual if we don’t bump into someone we know! Of course they all love playing with each other (most of the time!)
It is a timber and rope style park which has well chosen play equipment. The park is suitable for a large age range: from toddlers to nine and ten year olds. For the toddlers and smaller children there is a lovely white-sand play area (which is beautifully clean), bouncers, see-saws and mini swings. For bigger children there are adventure climbing frames, slides, tyre swings, rope swings and the all important zip-wire!
The equipment is well-spaced out and there’s plenty of room for picnics and for lots of families. Just over the fence is a playing field, so those wanting to bring a football there’s a chance to have a kick about too. There’s a skate park just around the corner for the much bigger kids, away enough from the park, but close enough to leave them.When I went with boys this summer, I complained on my personal Facebook page that there were no toilets, but apparently there are some! They are in the building by the bowling club and is free to use.
It’s a great park to meet with friends and have a picnic and spend the best part of a day there. Now, all I need is a coffee shop and it’ll be perfect….
Oh! wait!…. for a little while over the summer was a ‘pop-up’ cafe, “Three Little Birds” a trio of friends, set up a little cafe in the Pavilion selling coffees, teas, cold drinks and cakes. I didn’t get the opportunity to sample their delights, but this was their first year so hopefully they’ll be back again this summer!