Waterlooville Recreation Ground

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HCC Site ID: 1667 Parish: Waterlooville Ward, Havant
Designations: Area: 4.5 ha
Access: Public Access Ownership: Public park and Recreation Ground

Location and site

Waterlooville is a residential area to the south west of the Queen’s Enclosure and Park Wood, and north west of an industrial area between the A3 and the B2150 to Denmead.

Historic development

The Waterlooville Recreation Ground is on the site of a Forest of Bere Enclosure awarded to the Bishop of Winchester in 1814. It was extra parochial, its north boundary having been the parish boundary between Catherington and extra parochial land. In 1815 a large plot of land, including the recreation ground site, was first leased to, and later in 1821 bought by, William Friend of Hart Plain. The recreation ground site became part of the Hart Plain Estate, which included the house built in the 1930’s (now 42 Wallis Road). An 1870 map shows that an area with the same field boundaries as the existing recreation ground was part of the ‘park’ of the estate of Park Wood. At that time there was planting on the western edge and in the north- west corner. The Hart Plain Estate remained in the ownership of the Friend family until it was sold to the Hart Plain Company. This was offered for sale in 1910 as building plots, building sites and smallholdings.
Following population increase about 1925, the Waterlooville District Recreation Committee gave as a gift to the local council 4.5ha (11.25 acres) of ground in response to demand for a recreation ground. This was opened in 1927 and included tennis courts, paths, a bowling green, children’s playground and a wet day playhouse.

Current description

It is now surrounded by the Berg housing estate to the west, and the detached houses of Wallis Road and Rowlands Avenue to the east. The house in the park at the end of Wallis Road was built in the 1930s as the lodge house. Inside the park boundaries there are two children’s day nurseries. Designated car parks lie on the west and east side of the recreation ground. The park has well-maintained tarmac paths around the perimeter and separating the northern half from the southern half, which is now called Jubilee Park. The recreation ground contains the Waterlooville Bowling Club, surrounded by a beech hedge, together with a large sports pavilion, fenced tennis courts, a cricket pitch, screens and practice nets, football area, and a basket-ball hoop. There is a fenced tarmacked area for ball games and for younger children a sandpit, climbing wall and fenced play area. Next to the climbing frame are two sculptures which children can play on. There are many well-maintained benches at frequent intervals and bins for litter and dog waste.

Play area

Play area

The park is bisected by a tarmac path along which is a line of cherry trees, the children’s play area, sandpit, climbing wall and iPlay system. In the northern half of the park there is a very attractive area of wild grassy mounds with informal paths. The land slopes up to the east, towards a wild area of young mixed woodland of ash, hazel, hawthorn and brambles and some mature deciduous trees, then around to the 1930’s house in the park.
Grassy mound

Grassy mound

The southern half, now called Jubilee Park, contains a range of sporting facilities, bowling green, tennis courts, cricket and football pitches, a basketball practice hoop and cricket nets.
Throughout the park there are clumps of mature and younger oak trees, and areas of trees including sycamore, field maple, hawthorn, ash and silver birch.

Summary and Significance

An exceptionally well maintained thriving park, popular with all ages and members of society. It has extensive sports facilities and informal recreation areas. The grassy mounded wild area, mature trees and young woodland greatly enhance the park and conceal the surrounding housing giving it a rural feel. It is an important green breathing space in a very built up urban area.

HGT Research: Urban Parks Survey 1997; update March 2001, update August 2017


Hampshire Gardens Trust – http://research.hgt.org.uk/item/waterlooville-recreation-ground/ – accessed August 2017
Urban Park Survey 1997 HCC

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