Parks and Open Spaces
As well as being a vibrant and busy town Rushden boasts acres of open space and green parks. There are over 40 parks and open spaces that offer something for everyone. Rushden is well linked to the surrounding area and the expanse of the Nene Valley countryside either by road or on foot or by bicycle via the 'Greenway.'
Hall Park, Hall Avenue, Rushden, NN10 9NG
Rushden's largest Park, Hall Park is a 34 acre (13 hectare) site which includes a walled garden. The site has been in public use since 1931 and was previously in the ownership of several wealthy local families.
Rushden Hall the oldest domestic building in Rushden, the Hall dates back to the 14th century and is located within the grounds of Hall Park. The Park and Rushden Hall are important features of the town and provide much loved and well used community facilities for all.
Although Hall Park is now a public park and has been for a number of years, it is very easy to see how it must have looked when Rushden Hall was a family home. The park has not been over-remodelled and the ridge and furrow of the land after enclosure in 1778 is still clearly visible. The carriage drive and tree avenue that led to the Hall are still intact and you instantly have a feeling of stepping back into the past when you walk from the entrance at High Street South to the entrance at Hall Avenue. Hall Park is not a municipal park created by a Council, it is a traditional country parkland that has been successful adapted to accommodate the needs of a growing urban population.
Hall Park has many distinctive features including:
- Rushden Hall (grade 2* listed) – oldest domestic building in Rushden, dating back to 14th century.
- Museum situated on site of old stable block
- Unspoilt parkland
- Large variety of mature trees
- Victorian watercourse
- Walled garden and grade 2* listed boundary walls
- Woodland walks
- Jubilee Rose Arbour
- Herbaceous Border
- Formal gardens and planting
- Designated 'off lead' fenced area for exercising dogs
- Informal meadow grass planting
- Teenage and Infant play area
- Events/Entertainment area with Walled Garden which includes permanent stage
- Formal and informal seating throughout the park
Hall Park has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and is considered to be one of the best parks in the county.
Spencer Park, Washbrook Road, Rushden, NN10 6UR
Spencer Park is well equipped as it contains Multi-Sports area, Tennis Courts, Football pitches, a BMX track, and a Children's Play Area. Football pitches and a Floodlit training area can be booked by contacting Rushden Town Council.
Jubilee Park, Bedford Road, Rushden NN10 0NB
Jubilee Park has its own popular skateboard park, football and Rugby pitches and a Children's Play Area. Football and Rugby pitches can be booked by the contacting Rushden Town Council.
Rushden Town Council employs an external grounds maintenance contractor, currently Turney Landscapes Ltd to carry out the work on its behalf.
Green Spaces and Play Areas
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Green Spaces and Play Areas in Rushden
Hall Park Tree tagging
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Tree tagging in Hall Park