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: parksopenspaces@midsussex.gov.uk

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

Hollands Way Playground

Following the consultation previously carried out in May, Mid Sussex District Council appointed a designer to look at improving the playground. The designers came up with a plan to reflect what you told us you wanted. Council Officers took this plan to the free event hosted by Clarion Housing during the October half term holiday to show local residents.

Following feedback from the event we have now fine-tuned the plan. The final plan can be viewed here.

We will provide:

  • Climbing frame and slide for toddlers
  • Swings – traditional junior in addition to what’s there
  • Challenging climbing frame for older children with a slide – people at the event told us what we had planned wasn’t high enough so it will now be taller than an average adult!
  • 4 play panels arranged to create a sense of enclosure so young children can pretend it as a shop, a house, a cave or whatever their imagination lets them! The play panels were chosen from a selection shared at the event.
  • Low level toddler seating between the panels for socialisation and role play
  • Playground game markings as a trail along the path

We hope the new play area will be open for use in Spring 2023.

People also told us about dangerous driving on the roads around the play area.  This is beyond the control of the project, but instances of speeding and anti-social driving can be reported online at Operation Crackdown.  Traffic calming measures are dealt with by West Sussex County Council with the support of your local County Councillor, more information is available on their website Traffic calming measures - West Sussex County Council

The Dolphin

Thank you to the 107 people who let us know which of the suggestions they think we should prioritise at the park next to the Dolphin Leisure centre to make it a better place to be active.

The top three suggestions were:

  • Spinning net climber
  • Monkey bars
  • Balance logs

People told us they want something for older children and to do what we can to improve access whilst keeping the play area fenced and secure.

We will use your feedback to develop plans and post updates here.

The Wyshe Play Area, Pyecombe

Pyecombe Parish Council, together with Mid Sussex District Council, are hoping to secure external funding to be able to upgrade the play facilities at The Wyshe Play Area in Pyecombe.

Thank you to the people who completed the questionnaire, letting us know their ideas to make the space a better place to play.

We will use your responses to write a design brief and draw up plans to support a funding application. Updates will be posted here.

Forest Fields Play Area 

The new play area is now open and ready for play!

We have installed the climbing frame that was selected in the consultation in November 2021, plus a large seesaw and toddler slide and improved accessibility with new surfacing.

Contact us

For problems with equipment, fencing, seats or bins:

Tel: 01444-458166
Email: parksopenspaces@midsussex.gov.uk

Last updated: 16 November 2022