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About the Town Park


Lake in Harlow Town ParkHarlow Town Park, designed by Dame Sylvia Crowe, covers 164 acres and is a great place to visit all year around. It includes:

  • Pets Corner (opened in 1966);
  • Water, Newfoundland, Specimen,Sensory and Walled Gardens, the Stort valley Meadows and Peace Wood;
  • Spurriers House, built in 1860's by Wiiliam Cox a former MP and Solicitor;
  • Showground, skatepark, adventure playground and paddling pool (summer holiday opening only)

The Education and Volunteer Officer post is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund for 5 years and cordinates an interesting and exciting annual programme of events and activities. They also run the Town Park volunteers who undertake horticultural and gardening work across the Town Park. There are two volunteer teams- one who meet every Thursday from 10am-2pm and one who meet monthly, usually the first Sunday of the month from 1.00pm- 3.00pm - see volunteering section on this website.

The Town Park is managed and maintained by Kier Council on behalf of Harlow Council.

Since the 1960's the outdoor bandstand has provided public entertainment including jazz, pop and rock concerts. During the summer come and enjoy the live music events, take a splash in the local paddling pool and cool down with refreshments from Spurriers Café. Fun annual events include the fireworks display.

Children can take advantage of the skateboard area, visit the adventure playground to burn off that summer holiday energy or visit Pets Corner which is a small friendly open farm.

With a number of attractions for all the family, Harlow Town Park is the ideal place for adults and children to take leisurely strolls, experience the natural wildlife and relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

For a brief history of the Town Park click here (pdf)

For a map of Harlow Town Park click here (pdf)

Heritage Lottery Fund

Harlow Council has received a grant of £1.83m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) which will pave the way for the £2.8m restoration of Harlow Town Park. For further details please see Heritage Lottery Fund Projec section of this wesbite.

This will help fund the following improvements to restore and renew Harlow Town Park, including:

  • Conservation of Spurriers House including turning the ground floor into a new café.
  • Improvements and repairs to Pets' Corner including a new covered events shelter and a stand-alone education centre.
  • Improvements and upgrades to the Bandstand.
  • Restoration and conservation of the park's Water Gardens.
  • Renewed and new pathways, seating, viewing points and improved signage across the park.
  • Horticultural improvements and restoration of various garden and wooded areas across the park

Work has started on the landscaping phase of the contract with teh removal of slected trees and shrubs across the park which will open up views across the park and remove dead and dying trees. The park will remain open during the construction works, with possibly only a few paths closed temporarily for improvements work.

For more information on the HLF bid and the Town Park improvements including updates please refer to the Heritage Lottery Fund Project section of this website.

Next Page: Heritage Lottery Fund Project

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