About our playgrounds

From larger destination parks to smaller neighbourhood parks, the city’s 53 playgrounds offer a range of active, outdoor play opportunities and equipment to support the development and health of children of all ages and abilities, inspiring all generations to get out and play and create healthier and happier communities.  

The largest play areas in Brighton & Hove are at:

There are also play areas along the seafront, all with water play, at:

Use this link for public transport information.

Investing in our playgrounds 

In 2021 the Council started a major £3million refurbishment programme in the city’s playgrounds. 

Between 2021 and 2023, 45 sites will receive a full or partial refurbishment to ensure that children of all ages and abilities will enjoy them to the full for many years to come. 

The improvements in this investment round are funded by Section 106 developers’ contributions, which are available in certain parts of the city. 

By April 2022, we’ll have invested £2.6 million in upgrading and improving the equipment in 26 of the city’s play parks, with upgrades to the other playgrounds earmarked for improvement coming in the following 12-18 months. 

What we are doing

In preparation for the improvement works, we carried out thorough assessments for each of the city’s play parks. 

This was to check for ongoing safety and to ensure that they continued to offer the best possible play value we are able to provide and maintain with the resources we have. 

Sadly we had to remove some equipment in some parks, as we discovered equipment that had reached its end of life, or could be unsafe. 

In many cases new play areas will feature equipment made from materials such as stainless steel, as this is more durable than wood. 

We are also sometimes removing sand or bark pits, as we do not have sufficient resources to manage and maintain these to ensure they remain safe. 

We are working hard to make all of our play areas safe, exciting and enjoyable places to visit and play, so please bear with us while we have to close some sites briefly for refurbishment. 

These upgrades will mean more fun for years to come and we can’t wait for you to see them. 

We apologise for any inconvenience while works are in progress. 

Progress update, Autumn/Winter 2021/22 

The following sites have been refurbished: 

  • Blakers Park  
  • Victoria Park  
  • Greenleas Park  
  • Dyke Road  
  • Saunders Park 
  • East Brighton Park  
  • Barn Rise 
  • Hodshrove Road 
  • Middle Park 

The following sites are due to be refurbished: 

  • Preston Park – Improvement works due to start early November. 
  • Easthill Park - Improvement works due to start February 2022 
  • Warrior Close – Improvement works due to start January 2022 
  • Vale Park – Improvement works due to start February 2022 
  • Hangleton Park – Improvement works due to start February 2022 
  • Wish Park – Improvement works due to start February 2022 
  • Mackie Park – Improvement works due to start March 2022 
  • St Ann’s Well – Improvement works due to start February 2022 
  • St Nicks – Improvement works due to start March 2022 
  • Tarner Park – Improvement works due to start March 2022 
  • Bexhill Road – Improvement works due to start March 2022 

How we manage our playgrounds

We manage and maintain the play areas to ensure they are clean and safe to use, whilst still challenging and exciting, for all those who use them.  

All playgrounds are inspected on a regular basis. 

The safety of our children is a priority, so we carry out safety checks on every park and every piece of equipment every two weeks.   

Further full inspections of all equipment are carried out quarterly and annually by an independent inspector.  

Playground Checker

We can only act promptly if incidents and problems are reported to us. Please use our online form to tell us of any accidents or "near misses" that occur to help prevent any further incidents.

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