Hardings Park

Hardings Park is located next to RiversMeet Leisure Centre
in Hardings Lane, Gillingham, Doret SP8 4HX

The recreation ground at Hardings Lane, now referred to as Hardings Park, was purchased from Lodden Farm by the then parish council and officially opened on 5 July 1926. Ninety years later, in 2016 the site was significantly refurbished by Gillingham Town Council and financed from savings and a public works loan.

Hardings Park has fine views of the surrounding countryside. The recent refurbishment has created a special place for spontaneous gatherings, a place to meet and make new friends, a place to enjoy being outside and keeping fit, a place for establishing and sustaining cohesion and welbeing, a safe place to play and, most especially, a place to be proud of and cherished for generations to come.

Children, young people and the wider community were actively involved with the adventure play park project, and their comments have resulted in sixteen sensational pieces of play equipment that have been carefully chosen for inclusive play. A toddlerzone play-shop and slide unit will thrill toddlers, a cableway and space net will challenge children, a Viking swing and ‘sling shot’ will appeal to adolescents and a wheelchair friendly roundabout and boat swing will not disappoint the disabled.

The skate park has been constructed to a high standard using metal and steel frames in filled with reinforced premium grade concrete, which has then been finished to a perfect ultra-smooth surface with adequate grip for bikes, boards and blades. The design of the skate park was made in consultation with the young people under the guidance of Maverick Industries who also installed the skate park.

The multi-use games area will encourage better participation in sport through informal games of football, basketball/netball or practising ball skills. The outdoor table tennis facility will cater for a sport which is relatively easy to play, inclusive and social, a popular inter-generational recreational activity at school and enjoyed by many. Table tennis bats and balls are available for hire from RiversMeet Leisure Centre –. www.riversmeetgillingham.org

RiversMeet leisure centre and cafe offers a wide range of quality refreshments at reasonable prices so that families and young people visiting Hardings Park can have a real β€˜day-out’ experience.

The recreation ground at Hardings Park, which is part of a designated sports and leisure hub in the Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan, is a 2.5 hectare site and is the only ‘destination’ playing space in the centre of town. There are, however, seventeen smaller equipped playing spaces located in the local neighbourhoods and public open spaces elsewhere in the town.


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Sunday 13 October - Flooding is possible - be prepared

Message from the Environment Agency:

River levels have risen at the Gillingham Le Neubourg Way river gauge as a result of heavy overnight rainfall. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains. We believe there is a possibility of flooding of the river and the tributaries between Gillingham and Sturminster Newton. Flooding of properties is not forecast at this point. The weather remains unsettled over the next couple of days and further rainfall is forecast. We are closely monitoring the situation and expect river levels to remain high for the next few days. Our incident response staff are checking defences. Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued. This message will be updated tomorrow morning or as the situation changes.

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GILLINGHAM HAS WON GOLD in the South West in Bloom Pennant Category for the 2nd year running and WINNER of the town entries in the North of the SW in Bloom area. Gillingham’s Spaceman was the star of the show - well done to Town Council grounds team! Fantastic achievement! πŸ† ... See MoreSee Less

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That's marvelous news well deserved.

Congratulations to the grounds team, you have done us proud

Wow so glad we pushed forward it was worth the effort πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ Congratulations to all

Congratulations,well deserved.

Well done. Congratulations to the grounds team who work so hard! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜€

Well done

Congratulations to all concerned lovely achievement

Congratulations to all concerned. A great job done by everyone. Onwards and upwards for next year.

Our grounds team do a fab job. I love the displays around the town.

Well done !! x

Very well done guys! Congratulations! Thank you for your hard work!

Well done to everyone concerned πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Brilliant - congratulations!

πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ very well done

Beautiful town, beautiful people 😊

Very much deserved. The town excelled itself with the ‘landing on the moon’ anniversary display. Well done!

Well done

Brilliant achievement. The team are to be heartily congratulated. They do such an amazing job with several “odd patches” around the town which always look so colourful. It’s always a pleasure to see these corners as you drive round the town. (The spaceman was inspired). Bravo.

The spaceman a WOW factor well done Gillingham.

Thank you to all those that supported us. This competition really puts Gillingham on the map. Those groups that entered the South West in Bloom It’s Your Neighbourhood competition also did very well and improved on last year’s results.

excellent news.....

Fantastic news and well deserved! In recognition of these amazing members of the grounds team! Their displays lift my spirits even on the greyest of days and everyone who visits me remark on the amazing displays Gullingham always have!

Town Council Grounds Team - you guys rock! Well done πŸ‘πŸΎ

Well done congratulations

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Did you know that Britain in Bloom is the UK's longest running gardening competition, providing a regional and nationwide competition. Today, representatives from Gillingham attended the RHS Britain in Bloom awards ceremony. Watch this space for an announcement of the results 🌸🌼🌷🌻🌺 ... See MoreSee Less

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