Parks and Playgrounds
The Parish Council maintains four recreation areas which all contain play equipment for children. These are located in Blythewood (off Langdale Drive), Cheapside (off Hilltop Close), South Ascot (opposite Victoria Road) and Sunninghill (Victory Field on the London Road).
We have upgraded these recreation areas in recent years and have recently installed fitness equipment for adults in Victory Field, ‘play builder’ structures for 8 to 12 year olds in Blythewood, Cheapside and South Ascot and toddler equipment in Blythewood and Cheapside. We have also installed a skate area at Victory Field: http://www.locosports.tv/channel/ascot-skatepark
Litter is a constant problem in our parks and we would urge all who use them to throw their rubbish away in the bins provided.
Victory Field also has tennis courts, a multi-court for ball games and a football pitch. Tom Green’s Field which lies behind the tennis courts is an attractive area for dog walkers. Please note that there is an entrance gate to Victory Field which is locked at dusk and that a key is needed to access the tennis courts. The keys cost £25 and can be obtained from the Parish Office, or from Chapman’s the Ironmongers on Sunninghill High Street, during usual opening hours.
In 2013, a new skate park was built in Victory Field creating a popular area for local children and young adults. Victory Field has been the focus for various community activities dating back to 1952 when it played host to a ‘Coronation Fete’ which was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Marie Louise. Around 2,000 people attended the fete which was organised by The Royal Artillery and Royal Air Force Associations and it was noted that Her Highness stayed at the fete for an hour and watched displays. More recently, Victory Field has played host to a regular Summer Party starting with a beacon to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee in 2012.
There is also a football pitch at South Ascot – details are available from the Parish office – and a children’s football area in Victory field.
The most recent addition to the recreation areas is Allens Field (off Liddel Way) which is owned by the Sunninghill Trust and has been managed by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in partnership with Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council since 2009. Allens Field is designated a Local Wildlife Site and a range of birds, insects, mammals and fungi can be seen here. The woodland is especially valuable for wildlife and the grassland, perfect for dog walking, also has some interesting plants.
The parish allotments are situated in Green Lane, off Dorian Drive in Cheapside. There are 15 plots of differing sizes, all currently rented out to parish residents. Plots do become vacant from time to time and there is a waiting list for residents who may be interested.