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Our much loved Parson’s Close Recreation Ground is located in the heart of Leighton Buzzard, just behind the Town Centre.
The Park is home to the very popular Splash ‘n’ Play facility, the beach, the skate park and also the band stand. It has high standard public toilets which are open 10:00 – 16:00 (Monday – Friday) during the summer months. The Splash ‘n’ Play water park is currently closed for the winter. We anticipate that following a recommissioning process and safety testing, it will re-open for the summer from early May. Keep an eye on our social media channels for confirmation of when the facility is re-opened.
The Park was first awarded its Green Flag in 2015 and has maintained it ever since.
Parson’s Close Recreation Ground
PLEASE NOTE There is no parking at this location, the nearest carparks are:
Duncombe Drive Car Park (4B Duncombe Dr, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1SD)
West Street Multi Storey Car Park (Bossard House, West St, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1DD)
The groundworks for our new Changing Places modular toilet in Parson’s Close Recreation Ground has now started. This project, fully funded by S106 contributions, will be a much needed addition to Parson’s Close, making our much-loved park an inclusive destination for all local families.
The new toilet will provide a safe, hygienic and dignified solution for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well people with physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. This extra equipment and space allows them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
Splash and Play
The Splash and Play was installed into the park in 2011. The facility is FREE and very well attended throughout the summer, alongside the beach and the play area it is a great location for a low cost fun family day out. The splash park is open between the hours of 10:00 – 17:30 throughout the summer months.
Should you ever experience any technical issues with the Splash ‘n’ Play please get in touch to report to a member of the team who can investigate.
The Beach was first brought to the park in summer 2014 as a temporary facility. However the feedback and level of use was positive therefore it was decided to reintroduce it as a permanent feature form summer 2015.
The beach is a good size at 20m x 20m and FREE to enter. It is surrounded by treated decking and a mesh fence allowing guardians to sit comfortably outside the beach with full visibility should they wish.
There is a FREE to enter skate park with multiple ramps and drops. Suitable for skateboards, bikes and scooters.
There is fenced Play area with equipment suitable for all ages, including toddler climbing frame, zip wire, swings and a roundabout.
The Park saw the addition of the Band Stand in 1951 during the Festival of Britain, it has become an iconic feature within the town. The Band stand was refurbished in June 2018. It is home to our band concerts which take place in the park throughout June – September every year. Find out more.
Café in the Park.
New to the Park in 2019 Café in the Park is run by Community Action Bedfordshire. The café offers hot and cold drinks, snacks and home cooked healthy lunch options. Find out more about what’s on offer.
One last thing…
You may notice a large yellow pencil sitting proudly at the top of the park, this is one of the 22 art pieces that make up the Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail. Visit the Children’s Trail page to find out more and download the map!