New Crowmarsh Playground

Play Ground Opening 

Photos by Ebie:

Photos by More Than Images:

Playground Opening – 7th April 2019 Thanks to all who attended to the Grand opening of the new playground and outdoor gym equipment. It was a lovely afternoon to celebrate our new facilities at the Recreation Ground. Some photo highlights are below. More photos of the big event (taken by Eibe the playground manufacture) can be found here:

UPDATE, November 2018:

It is with great thanks from the following providers that we have secured the necessary funds to proceed with the project to update the Playground and add a new Outdoor Gym.

SODC                                                                                                                   £99,790

WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund                                                 £80,040

ACTIVE SPACES *                                                                                          £5,000

Agrivert                                                                                                              £500

Howbery Park                                                                                                  £300

Waitrose                                                                                                            £240

Homebase Property Management                                                         £150

There are also contributions of £513 from the community donated in memory of the former Parish Council Chairman John Bellamy.

In addition Crowmarsh Parish Council is contributing to the project a sum of approximately £35,000.  This includes £8604 to FCC Recycling UK Ltd to facilitate the WREN grant.

With a total of £185,000 worth of grants from our three main funding providers Crowmarsh Parish Council is now planning the commencement of the project.  Due diligence has been carried out and Eibe has been appointed contractor for the New Playground and Outdoor Gym Installation.

Dates to Remember: Crowmarsh Playground closed from 8th January until approximately Easter 2019

Work is scheduled to commence on the 8th January with an estimated handover mid to late March – therefore the playground and surrounding area will be off limits during this time.

We look forward to being able to welcome you all back to the New Playground and New Outdoor Gym with a Grand Opening around Easter.

Crowmarsh Parish Council

Crowmarsh Playground Plan

UPDATE, September 2018:


Subject to legal requirements Crowmarsh Parish Council is happy to report that sufficient funding has been secured such that the New Playground and Outdoor Gym project can go ahead.

Many thanks to the providers, SODC, WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund and ACTIVE SPACES (The London Marathon Charitable Trust and Fields Trust) for their contributions, and thanks to the community for your letters of support and feedback helping to shape the project and its outcome.

We look forward to sharing more with you in the near future once we have gone through due diligence and appointed a contractor.

Crowmarsh Parish Council

UPDATE, 8 February 2018:

Planning Approved

We are pleased to report we now have planning approval for the play area upgrade and addition of a gym area.

For those who missed seeing the plans, please see below. Some of these drawings and images are currently on display in the Crowmarsh Primary School hall, they will stay up for two weeks after the half term break.  There will also be a display during the Coffee morning at Crowmarsh Village Hall on Saturday 10th March 10.00 till 12.00.

Please note the design has considered requests for equipment made in our previous survey in spring last year, which had 215 people supporting the principle of a new improved playground and 126 supporting the gym.

Grant Applications

We need external funding for this project to be realised, which the Parish Council will now be seeking through grant applications.

You can help us with the process with your written support of the proposed playground and or the gym.

To help secure external funding we would like to provide further evidence to potential funders that local people support the proposed design and equipment.  This means we need you to send letters or e-mails to us (The Parish Council) supporting the new play area and gym, specifically referring to the design features and which aspects will be most beneficial to you and your family.  Please include your name. Where applicable please include comments / quotes from the children (noting their ages) who would benefit from these improvements.

Written support will be collated by Michelle Reynolds.  Letters can be sent into school addressed to Michelle.  Alternatively, e-mails can be sent to [email protected].  These responses will be collated and submitted as part of our grant applications.

Expressing your personal support could make the difference in securing the necessary funds for this great project to be realised. 

Many thanks, in anticipation.

Crowmarsh Parish Council

Proposed design plans (click on the links to download the files)

Playground renders:






Crowmarsh CRO-P13-PRESENTATION-3D images

Design and Access statement, Landscape and Transport for the proposed new playground at Crowmarsh Rec. Grd.

Gym Equipment renders:


Proposed External Gym
The Parish Council are currently looking at putting in 6 pieces of gym equipment by the Recreation Ground play area, but which, is still to be decided.
These are 2 sets of suggestions which have been made, there may be others.
If you like the idea of the gym and have any thoughts on it and the
equipment, please let the Parish Council know. c/o Michelle
[email protected]

The old children’s play area in the Crowmarsh Recreation Ground is over 20 years old and in need of removal or replacement. A survey to gather support from the community for a new playground and new outdoor gym outdoor gym was carried out from April to June 2017 and shows 215 members of the community in favour of a new playground and 126 supporters for a new outdoor gym. Thanks to all who took part in the survey- the survey results can be found here: Results from community consultation

For the Design and Access statement, results from the community consultation, main drawings and images of the proposal please see above. Full planning application details can be found here:

For information on the flood compensation proposals and more information on the proposals see the information submitted for planning.

Playground meeting minutes:

Play area Meeting 14 June minutes

Play Area Meeting 20 April 17 minutes

Play Area Action Group pictured above, missing Denise Hall and Edwina Johnson.

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  1. I have just met up with Michelle Reynolds who has kindly asked for my input on the different equipment being looked at for the new play ground.
    I have over 20 years experience of training people either for fitness purposes or for rehabilitation ranging from young to people in their 90’s. I have ran my own rehab gym on Howbery Park (Lifestyles Rehab Gym) for almost 7 years.
    A lot of my work is with the older generation who suffer from various conditions – strokes, cardic issues, physical impediments, muscle imbalances etc.
    I have recommended a mix of equipment (parallel bars / seated leg press / double air walker or skier / leg lift station / arm & pedal bike / monkey bars) which will appeal both to young and old and should prove the most popular as they are very self explanatory. The arm & pedal bike, air walker / skier and parallel bars are perfect for people who have had strokes. suffer from parkinsons and other conditions.
    I think there is a big need for more of these outdoor play sites.

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