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Find your nearest playground

Colchester Borough Council manages 67 playgrounds. There are additional playgrounds are provided by Parish and Town Councils, and the Ministry of Defence.

IN THIS ARTICLE

  • List of playgrounds by ward

Play is a very important part of children's development. Learning to cooperate and play with others, using imagination and experiencing excitement and challenges help young people in their preparation for school and adult life.

Our playgrounds have a wide variety of equipment offering many interesting play possibilities to local children and young visitors. 

  • Larger playgrounds (for children up to 15 years) offer more elaborate equipment which is set out separately to appeal to different age groups. There is often a tarmac area with goal and basketball net and a Youth Shelter. A few also have multi activity areas with items such as climbing walls.
  • Smaller Community playgrounds (for children up to 12 years) are often located in housing estates, offering simple equipment specifically designed for children under the age of 12.
  • Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA'S) are fenced, hard surfaced court areas for football and basket ball and have floodlighting to allow play until 10pm.
  • Inclusive - wheelchair accessible playgrounds: Many of our playgrounds offer play for youngsters with disabilities. Some sites have level rubber surfacing to assist with wheelchair access. There are brightly coloured decorative play panels with 'feely' patterns to assist those with visual difficulties and all of our sites offer the opportunity for children of all abilities to play together. Entrance gates are painted in bright colours to aid and guide visitors and we provide seating for the use of carers and supervising adults. Our newer playgrounds offer the best facilities these are all highlighted in red.

List of playgrounds by ward. Clicking on the name of the playground will help you 'Find it on the map'.

  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
Berechurch
Cherry Tree X        
Finchingfield Way   X      
Gurdon Road   X      
John Mace Road X   X X X
Queensland Drive       X  
School Road X   X X X
Castle
Balkerne Heights   X      
Castle Park X X      
East Bay   X      
Kings Meadow   X      
  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
 
Rural North
Parsons Field   X      
Old Heath & The Hythe
Stephen Cranfield Close   X      
 
Albany Gardens   X      
Horrocks Close X        
Speedwell Road X     X X
  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
Highwoods
Elizabeth Close   X      
Gavin Way X     X X
Northfield Gardens   X      
Sioux Close   X      
Marks Tey & Layer
Ley Field X        
  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
Mile End
Bergholt Road X     X X
Bradford Drive   X      
High Woods Country Park   X      
Mile End   X      
Mill Road X   X X X
Worsdell Way   X      
New Town & Christ Church
Hatcher Crescent   X      
Old Heath Recreation Ground X   X X X
St Johns Green X        
Abbey Field X   X X  
  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
Prettygate
Baden Powell X        
Westland Country Park X        
Shrub End
Barbour Gardens   X      
Boadicea Way X        
Corunna Drive   x      
Gladiator Way   X      
Harvey Road   X      
Kingford   X      
Greenstead
Buffett Way X        
Greenstead Field X     X X
Greenstead Slopes X        
Hickory Avenue X     X X
The Chase   X      
Titania Close   X      
  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
St Annes & St Johns
Alderton Road   X      
Longridge field X        
Pondfield MUGA       X X
Ripple Way X        
St Annes X        
 
Chalfont Road   X      
St Brides   X      
St Cyrus   X      
Stanway
Swift Avenue   X      
Wheatfield X        
  Up to 15 yrs Under 12 yrs Youth Shelter Basketball Goals
Tiptree
Chestnut Way   X      
Thyme Road   X      
Lexden & Braiswick
Erie Harvard   X      
Fiddlers Folley (North)   X      
Fiddlers Folley (South)   X      
Lorkin Way   X      
King George V X                      X           X
Shelley Road   X      
Mersea & Pyefleet
Victoria Esplanade   X      
Wivenhoe
Lower Lodge   X