For the latest information on the re-opening of our outdoor leisure facilities including parks and outdoor gyms please see our Covid-19 Community Support Page.

Mid Sussex District Council looks after 122 playgrounds.

There are more playgrounds looked after by other councils. You should be able to find one near you.

Our playgrounds are inspected:

  • Weekly – by our staff
  • Monthly – by a qualified inspector
  • Yearly – by an independent playground inspector

If you notice a problem with a playground – such as broken equipment – please email:

Main play areas

St John’s Park playground – Burgess Hill

A large playground with equipment for all ages including:

  • Climbing blocks
  • Space net
  • Toddler units
  • Trampoline
  • Swings
  • Skate park

Find out more about St Johns Park.


Cuckfield Recreation Ground playground

A large playground with equipment for all ages including:

  • Natural rock climbing stack
  • Roundabouts
  • Swirly slide
  • Swings
  • Monkey bars
  • Paddling pool open during the summer months

Find out more about Cuckfield Recreation Ground.

East Court Woodland play area – East Grinstead
  • Woodland timber and rope equipment
  • Slide

Find out more about East Court Wood.

Kings Centre playground – East Grinstead
  • Colourful modern equipment for all ages including:
  • Swings
  • Explorer arch
  • Spinning cups
  • Unit with slide
  • Climbable sculpture
  • Skate park

Find out more about the Kings Centre.

Beech Hurst Gardens playground – Haywards Heath

A good selection of equipment including:

  • Toddler swings
  • Play train
  • Roundabout
  • Willow room
  • Timber clamber stack
  • Giant swing

Find out more about the Beech Hurst Gardens.

Victoria Park playground – Haywards Heath
  • Equipment for all ages including:
  • Climbing units
  • Slide
  • Swings
  • Water splash pad open in the summer
  • Skate park

Find out more about Victoria Park.

Lindfield Common playground

Equipment for all ages including:

  • Climbing boulder
  • Climbing units
  • Slide
  • Spinning cup
  • Toddler play houses
  • Swings

Find out more about Lindfield Common.

Inclusive Play Areas

The following play areas have equipment which can be used by children with limited mobility:

  • Fry Crescent
  • Cissbury Road - wheelchair accessible roundabout
  • Clair Park - wheelchair accessible roundabout
  • Forest Fields – wheelchair accessible roundabout
  • Lingfield Road - wheelchair accessible roundabout
  • Victoria Park – Splash pad (in summer months)
  • Worlds End Recreation Ground – wheelchair accessible roundabout; wheelchair accessible swing; sensory panels and path; wheelchair accessible climbing frame and more!

Playground Improvement Plans

Batchelor’s Field Recreation Ground

During the public consultation which ran from 29th October for 4 weeks until 1st December 2019, lots of people mentioned that they’d like a facility for bikes, scooters or skateboards. They said they currently use the MUGA but that is only possible until someone wants to use the area for ball games.

We have committed to providing a separate scooter / bike area

  • To provide somewhere for children to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboards away from traffic.
  • To free up the MUGA to be used for ball sports rather than wheeled sports.
  • Surface to be suitable for use all year round.

Now we want to understand, exactly what people want.

Let us know if you’d prefer a large flat surfaced area specifically for wheeled sports or a simple pump track style facility by completing this survey.

Deadline for responses 30th October 2020

Improvements to the play area will include:

  • Improve the surfacing so trip hazards are removed, and all people can move freely around the space.
  • Provide a modern climbing unit which offers similar play experiences as the existing unit ie. Opportunity for role play, big slide; but with climbing challenge to cater for older children.
  • Separate equipment for toddlers.
  • Tree planting for summer shade.

A plan showing the new play equipment for Bolney can be seen here. The improved play area should be open by Spring 2021.

Twineham Recreation Ground

We will be removing the existing timber climbing frame and replacing it with an assault course style frame with slide as well as a separate toddler play house and slide.

A plan showing the new play equipment for Twineham can be seen here. The improved play area should be open by Spring 2021.

John Pears Recreation Ground

Using the ideas that came out of the public consultation at the end of last year, we have installed a play castle, and swings for all ages.

The new play area reflects the local legend told of King Ethelred who reputedly had links with the village. The play area has:

  • a castle climbing frame with different levels of challenge for different ages and abilities, from a gently sloping mound and ramp with grips to climbing ropes and nets.
  • swings for all ages, including the existing toddler swings, 2 new flat swings and a long “battering ram” swing
  • Improved paths and surfacing around play equipment so it can be used and enjoyed all year round.
  • Improved visibility across the rest of the recreation ground by removing a length of hedge.
  • Wheelchair accessible picnic table.

In line with our other play areas which have reopened across the District, we have reopened John Pears play area in line with Government guidance in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This includes signage indicating the maximum capacity of the area and weekly cleaning.

Contact us

For problems with equipment, fencing, seats or bins:

Tel: 01444-477579

For anti-social behaviour or problems relating to dogs in playgrounds:

Tel: 01444-477561

Last updated: 29 September 2020