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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

King Georges Field, East Grinstead

Work to improve King George’s Field (Kings Centre) play area is underway.

Plans can be seen Here.The play area should be finished for when all play areas are able to re-open.

The new play area will provide exciting opportunities for swinging, climbing and sliding alongside a number of features requested by local residents including:

- a main unit with wide stairs and supporting handrails for access by children who are unsteady on their feet, with no restrictive barriers so parents and carers can easily accompany their child. There are also more challenging ways to the top using the ramp with climbing grips and the climbing net, so children of all abilities can play together

- Emperor chimes that can be played by everyone without the need for a separate beater and give off a wonderful deep resonating sound, which is good for kids with additional sensory need. This is complemented by a sensory path.

- a wheelchair accessible in ground trampoline and accessible picnic table

- a face to face swing – the cradle end of which can support children who lack core stability.

Other playground improvements.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation questions on the improvements planned for John Pears, Batchelors Field and Twineham playgrounds.  The consultation ran from 29th October for 4 weeks until 1st December 2019.

We have read all the responses and developed a design brief for each playground.

John Pears Recreation Ground Consultation

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

John Pears Play Castle

The full design can be viewed here

The new play area will reflect the local legend told of King Ethelred who reputedly had links with the village. The play area will have:

  • 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 for lots of children to enjoy at one time
  • 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 tables.

Work will take place over the summer. The new play area should be complete in Early September and open once the Government Guidelines allow.


Batchelor’s Field Recreation Ground Consultation

We had responses from 27 adults and 57 kids between 2 – 17yrs. Bolney C of E Primary School also sent in responses on behalf of the Key Stage 1 classes. We don’t have exact numbers but their feedback has been included – thank you!

Top 3 improvements adults want to see:

  1. Level surface
  2. Path or area for scooters / bikes/ skateboards
  3. Climbing to offer challenge for older kids and role play

The most popular suggestions for improvements from the children were:

  1. Climbing frame
  2. Big slide / lots of swings
  3. Hard area for bikes / skate

We are looking into options, but we aim to complete two projects:

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.


  • 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, monkey bars, big slide; but with climbing challenge to cater for older children.
  • Separate equipment for toddlers.
  • Tree planting for summer shade.

Twineham Recreation Ground Consultation

We received responses from 19 adults and 9 children.

The most popular suggestions for improvements from the adults were:

  1. provision for older children
  2. seating, particularly picnic tables
  3. trim trail/obstacle course style equipment

The most popular suggestions for improvements from the children were:

  1. more equipment
  2. toilets (so they don’t have to go home)
  3. zip wire

We are looking into options, but we aim to provide:

  • Assault course style climbing unit which offers challenge to older children, should include monkey bars and slide.
  • Separate role play equipment for toddlers.
  • Seating/picnic tables
  • Tree planting for summer shade.

Unfortunately, due to the cricket outfield, there is not the space for a zip wire.

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: 03 July 2020