Hardings Park is located next to RiversMeet Leisure Centre in Hardings Lane, Gillingham, Doret SP8 4HX
The recreation ground at Hardings Park was purchased from Lodden Farm by the then parish council and officially opened on 5 July 1926. 90 years later, in June 2016 the adventure play area was officially opened.
Children, young people and the wider community were actively involved with the Hardings Park project, including HiPP!!Bones (the youth group for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties) and their comments have resulted in sixteen sensational pieces of play equipment that have been carefully chosen. A toddlerzone 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 construction of a multi-use games area in 2017 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. The hire of bats and balls is available from RiversMeet Leisure Centre –. www.riversmeetgillingham.
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 ‘day-out’ experience.
The recreation ground at Hardings Park, which has been designated as a sports and leisure hub in the Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan, is a 2.5 hectare site and is the only dedicated recreation ground within the town. The site has magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and is very close to Gillingham Town Football Club, a boxing club, RiversMeet leisure centre and swimming pool. Gillingham Bowling Club has a green the other side of the school campus.
On Friday, 14th October 2016 the Town Council officially opened the newly constructed skate park at Hardings Lane. The skate park has been constructed to a high standard using metal and steel frames in filled with a reinforced premium grade concrete, which has then been finished to a prefect 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 refurbishment of Hardings Park 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 social cohesion and wellbeing, a safe place to play and, most especially, a place to be proud of and cherished for generations to come.