Parks and Open Spaces

There are a number of parks and open spaces in Sprowston owned and maintained by Sprowston Town Council.

The areas are checked on a regular basis by our staff to identify any problems that may arise in addition to an annual inspection carried out under the conditions of the Council’s Insurers. All play equipment is sited on play safe surfacing and complies with relevant Health & Safety Regulations. Small children’s play areas are fenced creating a safe and secure environment.

Listed below are the parks and open spaces in Sprowston.

Recreation Ground, Recreation Ground Road
This six acre site has entrances at Recreation Ground Road, Edwards Road and Dixon Road. It is surrounded by housing, Sprowston First School and the local library. Opening times  are 8.00 am Monday to Saturday and 10.00 am on Sundays. Closing times vary throughout the seasons and are advertised on the gates. The park is attended daily by caretaker/cleaners to monitor and clean the facilities. They are easily identified by their brightly coloured tabards.

Facilities include: open space to enjoy ball games, kick wall with basketball hoop, 2 full size and one mini football pitches, cricket pitch, bowling green, ten tennis courts (two hard surfaces and eight grass), purpose built cycle fun track suitable for off road pedal cycles, small children’s play area with swings, slide, climbing frame, see-saw and spring mobiles.

Public conveniences are provided at the Recreation Ground, as well as seats, litter and dog bins and two car parks. Dog bags are available free of charge to encourage dog owners to scoop the poop and keep the park as pleasant as possible for all visitors.

Extract of Bylaws pertaining to Sprowston Recreation Ground a full copy is available at the Town Council office.

Sparhawk Park, Sparhawk Avenue
This lovely enclosed park incorporating a tree lined pathway and mature broad leaf copses can be accessed from Sparhawk Avenue and Peregrine Road. Facilities include two children’s play areas one fenced for infants incorporating roundabout, circular cone climber, spinning apparatus and slide. The other is a large open play area, suitable for older children, with swings, multi-climbing frame and aerial runway. There are also public conveniences, seats, picnic tables and litter bins. Soft ball games only, cycles may not be ridden and no dogs allowed except for registered assistance dogs .

Opening times are 8.00 am Monday to Friday and 10.00 am Saturday and Sunday. Closing times vary throughout the seasons and are advertised on the gates.

Barkers Lane Playing Field, Barkers Lane
This area is a large informal playing field with community shelter and football goal. Access is via Barkers Lane, Church Lane or the Millennium Woodland.

Cranes Croft and Hall Wood Road (off Blue Boar Lane)
These two enclosed play areas are suitable for younger children aged 3 – 9 and have a range of play equipment.

Millennium Woodland, Church Lane
Planted in 2000 to celebrate the new millennium this maturing woodland with its designated walkways is  very popular with local residents.

Backing onto open farm land and situated opposite Sprowston cemetery it is a tranquil and peaceful place to visit. There is wheelchair access for 130 metres into the woodland via Church Lane, seating throughout the site and an information interpretation board to help visitors identify various species.  To attract more wildlife bug houses have been placed in various locations around the woodland. Pedestrian access is via Church Lane, Barkers Lane Playing Field, Millennium Loke/Wilks Farm Drive. Should you have any difficulty gaining access the gates can be fully opened with a radar key.

Cottage Plantation, Blue Boar Lane
Owned and maintained by Broadland District Council this mixed fir and broadleaf mature woodland is situated on Blue Boar Lane next to the garden centre. A soft surfaced pathway runs along the side of the woodland parallel to the road and there are designated walkways throughout the area and a car park, although height restrictions apply.

Wilks Farm Drive Play Area
This large open play area is sited to the North of Wilks Farm Drive next to the Millennium woodland backing onto farm land. A tarmac pathway runs across the site from North Walsham to the woodland. Facilities include open grassed play area, multi climbing frames, swings, slides and some seating.

Windsor Park Gardens
Winner of Broadland District Council’s Green Award 2008 this park and open space overlooks the Redmayne Playing Field and includes swings, multi activity unit, kick wall, basketball hoop and seating.