Parks and Open Spaces (The List)

Addington Hills - A park located in Upper Shirley. The park consists largely of woodland with London's largest area of heathland at its heart and is protected as "Site of Metropolitan Importance". Read More...

Addington Park - The park itself is now very basic, with a childrens playground and parking. During the football season it has some pitches marked out and off-season hosts a large annual charity boot fair. The history however is much different, the Park and Lodge formed the southern part of the historic park of Addington Park which surrounds Addington Palace, where the Archbishops of Canterbury made their summer home in the early 19th century. The Park is situated at the junction of Kent Gate Way and Gravel Hill. Tramstop at Gravel Hill or Addington Village - Route 3. Read More...

Addington Vale - Vale means wide river valley, this vale extends from King Henrys Drive to Arnhem Drive in New Addington. Not much there for a tourist but the locals use it for walking and it also has two basic childrens playgrounds. About 0.5 miles in lenght and can be reached by a short walk from Tramlink stop of New Addington.

Addiscombe Railway Park - Very basic small open space and located on part of the former Addiscombe railway track between East India Way (off the Lower Addiscombe Road) and Blackhorse Lane tram stop.

Addiscombe Recreation Ground - Entrances from Northhampton Road, Fryston Avenue and Bingham Road. The Tram service for the park stops at Addiscombe - Route 2. This parks area covers 8 acres and has toilet facilities, football pitches, tennis courts and a basketball court. Park is locked at night and is also know as Bingham Park.

Apsley Road Playground - South Norwood, Apsley Road. - Not a park but a playground for local residents. Can be reached by the Tramlink Route 2 at the Harrington Road Stop.

Ashburton Park - Addiscombe, at the junction of Lower Addiscombe Road and Spring Lane. Croydon Corporation in 1924 demolised the mansion, the only remaining part of the house was the c. 1878 extension which became Ashburton Library. The library was relocated in 2006/7 to the nearby Ashburton School. The renovating of the public toilets and improving the children's playing park with adding some features for joggers and fun runners on the perimeter paths has put a little life back into the park. Just need to re-open the cafe and fix up the old library. The Tram service for the park stops at Woodside - Route 2/3.

Ashburton Playing Fields - King James I established public horse racing at Croydon and the course was shaped like the figure 9. This was developed into a housing estate but alot of the open space still remains with the Chaffinch Brook running north through the Playing Fields. The park has changing rooms, football pitches and a childrens play area. The Tram service for the park stops at Arena - Route 2 but is a little walk.

Beaulieu Heights - Upper Norwood, between South Norwood Hill and Auckland Road. 16 acres of woodland and meadow, offering stunning views over the South Downs. It also contains extensive woodland, a pond and open spaces to find out more visit:

Betts Mead Recreation Ground - Next to Kenley airport and a massive 30 acres, the area was a gift from F.Betts Esq. in 1925 and dates back to Saxon time. It has been re-landscaped as unfortunately was used in parts for a rubbish landfill so Saxon pottery might be hard to find but lovely walks are not. There is a large wood next which connects to Higher Drive Recreation Ground and the nearest train station Whyteleafe.

Beulah Hill Pond - This tiny bit of land was once a watering place for horses and cattle. It was locally called the Big Pond and when frozen during winter was used for ice-skating. You can find thie mini-oasis on Beulah Hill Road.

Biggin Woods - Upper Norwood between Norbury Hill and Biggin Road.

Birchwood and Castle Hill Ruffetts - New Addington, eastern borough boundary from Kent Gate Way to Mickleham Way.

Boulogne Road Playground - Thornton Heath, Boulogne Road.

Boundary Woods - New Addington, along eastern Borough boundary from Vulcan Way to King Henrys Drive.

Bourne Park - Kenley, beside Godstone Road between Valley View Gardens and Bourne Park Close.

Bradmore Green - Old Coulsdon, junction of Coulsdon Road and Marlpit Lane.

Bramley Bank Nature Reserve - Upper Shirley, entrances of Ballards Way and Broadcoombe

Brickfields Meadow - Brickfields Meadow is located at Dickensons Lane, Woodside.

Canterbury Road Recreation Ground - Broad Green, at the junction of Mitcham Road and Canterbury Road. Entrances from both roads.

Central Nursery - Off Conduit Lane, Coombe Road.

Chaldon Way Gardens - Coulsdon, the Garden is at the junction of Marlpit Lane and Chaldon Way.

Coombe Wood - Junction of Coombe Lane and Conduit Lane. The Tram service for the park stops at Coombe Lane and Lloyd Park - Route 3.

Copse Hill Spinney - Purley, junction of Copse Hill and Woodside Road, Purley.

Cotelands - Cotelands, Croydon.

Coulsdon Memorial Ground - Coulsdon, Marlpit Lane.

Courtwood Children's Playground - Forestdale, between Court Wood Lane and Brookscroft.

Croham Hurst - South Croydon, situated between Upper Selsdon Road and Croham Hurst Golf Club. A public footpath runs along the north eastern boundary from Bankside (opposite Winchelsey Rise) to Upper Selsdon Road.

Dartnell Road Wayside Amenity Area - Woodside, Dartnell Road.

Duppas Hill Recreation Ground - Waddon, roads run along three side, Duppas Hill Road, Hillside Road, and Cooper Road.

Fairfield Gardens - Croydon, situated between Fairfield Halls and Croydon Technical College, Park Lane. The Tram service for the park stops at East Croydon and George Street - Route 1/2/3.

Falconwood Meadow - Forestdale, junction of Featherbed Lane and Falconwood Road.

Farthing Downs Tree Belt - Coulsdon, the belt runs parallel to Chaldon Way from Marlpit Lane to Drive Road.

Foxearth Spinney - Selsdon, Foxearth Road adjoining a small allotment site.

Foxes Wood - Shirley, between Shirley Church Road, South Way and Greenway Gardens.

Foxley Wood and Sherwood Oak - Purley, between Northwood Avenue and Woodland Way.

Foxshaw - Selsdon, along north western edge of Selsdon Wood.

Glade Wood - Monks Orchard, Lorne Gardens.

Grange Park - Old Coulsdon, at the junction of Coulsdon Road and Canons Hill.

Grangewood Park - South Norwood, bounded by Grange Road, Wharncliffe Road, and Ross Road.

Green Lane Sports Ground - Norbury, main entrance off Highbury Avenue, also bounded by County Road, Westminster Avenue and Green Lane.

Haling Grove - South Croydon; lies between Brighton Road and Pampisford Road; a footpath runs around much of the boundary from St Augustins Avenue in the east past Tirlemont Road and south to Culmington Road.

Hamsey Green Pond - Limpsfield Road, Sanderstead.

Happy Valley Park - Old Coulsdon.

Hawkhirst - Kenley, between Valley Road and Kenley Road, Hawkhirst Road runs through the middle.

Heathfield - Upper Shirley, junction of Coombe Lane and Gravel Hill and Ballards Way, Upper Shirley. The Tram service for the park stops at Coombe Lane - Route 3.

Heavers Meadow - Selhurst, runs from Selhurst Road to Tennison Road.

Higher Drive Recreation Ground - Purley, junction of Higher Drive and Foxley Road.

Inwood - Old Coulsdon, between Court Avenue and The Glade.

Jewel's Wood - Outside the Borough Sheepbarn Lane/Jewels Hill, near New Addington.

King Georges Field - Selhurst, between Sydenham Road and Gloucester Road.

Kings Wood - Sanderstead, between Limpsfield Road and Kingswood Lane.

Ladygrove - Forestdale, Ladygrove.

Little Road Playground - Addiscombe, Freemasons Road off Lower Addiscombe Road.

Littleheath Wood and Edgecoombe Playground - Selsdon, surrounded by Croham Valley Road, Edgecoombe Road, Foxearth Road and Littleheath Road.

Lloyd Park - One of Croydons best parks with plenty of space and great facilities. Beside Coombe Road, Croydon. The Tram service for the park stops at Lloyd Park - Route 3. Read More...

Long Lane Woods - Monks Orchard, beside Long Lane between Bywood Avenue and Mardell Road. The Tram service for the park stops at Arena - Route 2.

Mayfield Road Playground - Thornton Heath, the playground is right on the borough boundary at the end of Mayfield Road.

Millers Pond - Shirley, small ground behind the houses in Shirley Way, The Lees, Bennetts Way, Farm Lane and Worcester Close.

Millstock - Hooley, beside the Brighton Road on the edge of the Borough, the houses in Woodfield Hill and Hollymeoak Road back onto the area.

Milne Park - New Addington, the park runs between Milne Park East and Milne Park West, Homestead Way lies to the south.

Norbury Hall - Norbury, park fronts onto Craignish Avenue with an additional entrance in Ederline Avenue.

Norbury Park - Norbury, between Norbury Avenue and Green Lane.

North Down - New Addington, beside Lodge Lane and North Downs Crescent. The Tram stops at King Henry's Drive - Route 3.

Northborough Road Playground - Norbury, just outside the Borough at the end of Northborough Road.

Northbrook Road Playground - Thornton Heath, between Northbrook Road and Pawsons Road.

Northwood Road Playground - Norbury, Northwood Road.

Norwood Grove - Upper Norwood, Covington Way, Gibson's Hill and Ryecroft Road run around the edge of the Park, Streatham Common lies to the north west.

Oakland Wood - Auckland Rise, South Norwood.

Park Hill Recreation Ground - Croydon, the park runs from Barclay Road to Coombe Road beside the railway. Tram stops at East Croydon - Route 1/2/3.

Parkfields - Monks Orchard, beside Cheston Avenue/Parkfields.

Pinewood - - Upper Shirley, the woods run from Shirley Church Road, opposite Shirley Church Recreation Ground, to Upper Shirley Road.

Pollards Hill - Norbury, Pollards Crescent runs around Pollards Hill and Pollards Hill Open Space lies to the west.

Promenade De Verdun - Woodcote, leading off Foxley Lane into Rose Walk.

Purley Beeches - Sanderstead, main entrance in Beech Avenue.

Purley Way Playing Fields - Waddon, beside Purley Way.

Purley Way West - Waddon, western side of Purley Way.

Queenhill Road Playspace - Selsdon, Crozier Drive, off Upper Selsdon Road.

Ragged Grove - Sanderstead, Holmwood Avenue.

Rickman Hill - Coulsdon, Rickman Hill, Ridgemount Avenue.

Riddlesdown - Kenley, Riddlesdown Road runs through the middle.

Rotary Field - Purley, between Brighton Road and Pampisford Road.

Rowdown Field - New Addington, Lodge Lane. The Tram service for the park stops at Addington Village - Route 3.

Rowdown Woods - New Addington, North East of King Henrys Drive.

Sanderstead Plantation - Sanderstead, Addington Road.

Sanderstead Pond - Sanderstead, junction of Limpsfield Road and Onslow Road.

Sanderstead Recreation Ground - Sanderstead, entrances in Limpsfield Road, Village Way and Rectory Park.

Selsdon Recreation Ground - Selsdon, Woodland Gardens off Old Farleigh Road.

Selsdon Wood Nature Reserve - Selsdon, main entrance off Old Farleigh Road.

Shirley Church Recreation Ground - Shirley, Shirley Church Road.

Shirley Heath - Shirley, bordered by Shirley Church Road and the Shrublands Estate.

Shirley Park Estate - Shirley, Oaks Road.

South Croydon Recreation Ground - South Croydon, Sanderstead Road.

South Norwood Country Park - South Norwood, main entrance off Albert Road, extends as far as Elmers End Road in the north east. The Tram service for the park stops at Harrington Road - Route 2.

South Norwood Lake and Grounds - South Norwood, entrance is in Auckland Road, Woodvale Avenue and Sylvan Road.

South Norwood Recreation Ground - South Norwood, entrances in Selhurst Road, Tennison Road and Cargreen Road.

Spring Park Wood - Shirley, entrances off Bridle Road, Links View Road and Oak Avenue.

St. James' Church Rest Garden - Croydon, junction of St. James' Road and Dingwall Road.

St. Johns Memorial Garden - Old Town, Croydon, entrances off Howley Road and Reeves Corner. The Tram service for the park stops at Church Street - Route 1/2/3

Stambourne Woodland Walk - Upper Norwood, entrances in Auckland Road and Church Road.

Stroud Green Well - Primrose Lane, Shirley and an entrance in Shirley Road.

Temple Avenue Copse - Shirley, Temple Avenue.

The Avenue - Kenley, beside Kenley Lane.

The Lawns - Upper Norwood, Spa Hill and Grange Road.

The Queen's Gardens - Croydon, in front of Taberner House, Park Lane. The Tram service for the park stops at East Croydon and George Street - Route 1/2/3

The Ruffet - South Croydon, The Gallop.

Thornton Heath Recreation Ground - Thornton Heath, between Melfort Road and Bridport/Richmond Road.

Three Corner Grove - New Addington, Featherbed Lane.

Threehalfpenny Wood - Addington, Bridle Way runs along the northern boundary.

Trumble Gardens - Thornton Heath, Brigstock Road.

Upper Norwood Recreation Ground - Upper Norwood, between Chevening Road and Eversley Road.

Waddon Ponds - Waddon, access from Waddon Court Road, Mill Lane and The Ridgeway. The Tram service for the park stops at Wandle Park - Route 3.

Wandle Park - Temporarily closed for Park Improvement Works, due to re-open late 2012/2013

Westow Park - Upper Norwood, entrances from Church Road, College Green, Bedwardine Road and Westow Street.

Wettern Tree Garden - Sanderstead, Purley Oaks Road.

Whitehorse Meadow - Parry Road, South Norwood.

Whitehorse Road Recreation Ground - West Croydon, Whitehorse Road, Boulogne Road.

Wilford Road Recreation Ground - West Croydon, off Windmill Grove.

Woodcote Grove Recreation Ground - Coulsdon, between Meadow Hill and Grove Wood Hill.

Woodcote Village Green - Purley, Upper Woodcote Village.

Woodside Green - Woodside, Woodside Green. The Tram service for the park stops at Woodside - Route 1/2.

Crystal Palace Park - Although this park is not officially in the Croydon area (coming under Bromley Council) this park is within a short drive, train or bus journey from the centre of Croydon

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