Merstham Recreation Ground refurbishment

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  1. 1. You are here: Merstham Rec - a park for everyone
  2. 2. Consultation

1. Merstham Rec - a park for everyone

The Council is investing £1.5 million to refurbish Merstham Recreation Ground, the park, located between Weldon Way and Albury Road.

We know Merstham Rec is an important open space for local people, as well as for people who live in other areas and use it, so, we want to make sure we deliver the improvements people want.

We want to enable more people to enjoy the open space and use its facilities, whether it’s to walk the dog, exercise, meet and relax or just enjoy the outdoors.

The plans focus on providing:

  • play and fun
  • access for all
  • an asset for the community
  • access to nature
  • improved wellbeing
  • ways to help people be active.

Update - 5 April 2022

A planning application for the refurbishment has been submitted by the Council. The planning application can be viewed on the Council’s planning application search, using reference 22/00685/F.

Consultation and engagement with residents, local groups, organisations and sports clubs since autumn 2020 has helped us to understand what you like and don’t like about the Rec and what you would like to see in the future. This has helped us develop and update the designs. 

The proposals include:

  • a new pavilion with a café kiosk, toilets and changing rooms with solar panels and a green roof
  • a new play area with equipment for children of all ages and abilities.
  • a parkour course for over 12s and youth shelter
  • an outdoor gym
  • an improved network of paths for better accessibility and a new circular walking and fitness route
  • a picnic area and community orchard
  • new trees and landscaping

The new play area will feature a variety of equipment for climbing, sliding, swinging, balancing and being creative. It will also include natural elements and sensory opportunities to provide a fun and challenging play experience for children at different stages of development. It has been deigned to be inclusive and accessible, with the aim of achieving PIPA (Plan Inclusive Play Areas) accreditation. 

The main facilities will be centrally located in a ‘green heart’ for users’ convenience and to retain plenty of open space for sports pitches.

Security of the space will be enhanced through the design of the scheme, with open views, lighting on the new pavilion and increased activity at the Rec.

You can read more in our news release.

What’s next?

If planning permission is granted, we will develop the technical design, tender for the works and appoint a contractor to build out the scheme.

We anticipate that work will start on site in late summer 2022 and be complete by the end of 2022.

There are some other things that we would like to improve in the park which are outside the scope of our budget at this time, such as the refurbishment of the tennis and ball courts, works to the water channel and a new trim trail. We are working work with local community groups to identify funding opportunities, such as through grants, so that we can progress these if possible.