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Croydon's parks vision

Why are we doing this?

Our vision for Croydon parks is to see them used, enjoyed and managed in ways never seen before in the borough. To achieve this we need to improve them, make them appealing to wider communities and manage them at less or no cost to the council.

We’ve identified six parks, each representing a different type of open space, to be pilots for new approaches to how parks are managed and used.

The six parks are:

  • Ashburton Park
  • Park Hill Recreation Ground
  • Lloyd Park
  • South Norwood Lake
  • Norbury Park
  • Happy Valley

Tyréns, an urban planning and landscape design team, with experience in community-driven projects, will produce a masterplan for each of the six parks. Plans will include ways to make them more user friendly and attractive, and will include ideas about how we maintain them.

When producing the plans, Tyréns will take into consideration;

  • What people like or dislike about the park.
  • The park layout including shape and appearance.
  • Opportunities for new venues, activities or cultural events.
  • Ideas to improve what the parks currently offer e.g. accessibility, facilities, planting.
  • Options for how the parks could be funded differently and maintained in the future.
  • How local communities can become more involved in their parks.

The findings from the pilots will help the council to make the most of all Croydon’s parks and green spaces, and will inform decisions relating to improvements, future use, funding and management.

What do we want to know?

Get Involved

Come and see the plans and tell us what you think!

We are holding a series of events over the summer, one at each of the six parks, where you can see and comment on the plans for that park. All the events are drop-in, so no need to make an appointment.

Didn’t make the events – view and comment on the plans online

Plans presented at the Ashburton Park, Park Hill Recreation Ground and Lloyd Park events are now available at the bottom of this page to download and view.

If you would like to comment on any of these plans, please complete the relevant feedback forms(s) by 11.59pm Sunday 17 September 2017.

Online plans and feedback forms for South Norwood Lake, Norbury Park and Happy Valley will be available on this page from Monday 28 August 2017.

If you would like to comment on any of these plans, please complete the relevant feedback forms(s) by 11.59pm Tuesday 10 October 2017.

Next steps

After the summer activities, Tyrens will review all the comments and suggestions to produce recommendations for the next stage of the ‘ambitious for parks’ programme. Updates will be provided at


What we found out
What difference has it made?

Thank you to everyone who got involved and commented on the draft design plans.

Following work undertaken by planning and landscape consultants Tyréns in 2017, masterplans have been developed for each of the six parks.

The masterplans take account of the feedback received, and include proposals to make the parks more attractive and accessible especially for younger people and those with disability. They also include recommendations for alternative ways to maintain our parks to ensure they are great places for all to enjoy.

Each masterplan identifies relevant funding opportunities. These will all be considered, and if appropriate the council will bid for external funding, or support community groups to do so. Where there are opportunities to secure funding for other parks, we will seek to co-ordinate this to secure the greatest benefit for Croydon’s parks.

The masterplans include proposed improvements to the parks. A summary of the proposed improvements for each park is set out below.

  • Ashburton Park – refurbished and enhanced sports facilities and kiosk, ecology and landscaping improvements, outdoor gym and skate park.
  • Park Hill Recreation Ground – improved entrance with café, toilets and cycle parking at Barclay Road, landscaping and ecology improvements, refurbished play and sports facilities, activation of the water tower and conversion of the existing depot to provide a community arts and education hub.
  • Lloyd Park – new disabled accessible routes, introduction of new sport or recreation activities and events, improved entrances and signage.
  • South Norwood Lake – a new sports hub with shared changing and club house, access and pedestrian improvements including new circuit route and trim trail, improved ecology and water quality management.
  • Norbury Park – new shared use pedestrian and cycle route, de-culverting of river and landscape improvements, enhanced sport and play facilities, including cricket pitch, ball games area and outdoor gym. 
  • Happy Valley – a new disabled accessible route and viewing platform, provision of natural play and trim trail equipment, improved information signage and way finding. 


To view the masterplans and recommendations please click here

Contact (for more details)

Mrs Diane Bacchus

Project start date
30 Jul 2017
Project end date
Report available by
Due 30 September 2017
Who can take part?
Croydon Panel, All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area
Not applicable
London Borough of Croydon


South Norwood


Norbury Park


Happy Valley


Lloyd Park - design plan


Park Hill Recreation Ground - design plan


Ashburton Park - design plan