Carden Park

Find out about the park's facilities and its refurbishment.

About Carden Park

Carden Park is a valued green space and recreational destination located north of the city. It's set over a three-hectare sloped site with views into the city and towards the South Downs National Park. There is also a range of facilities, activities and events at the adjacent Old Boat Corner Community Centre.

Carden Park is protected by Fields in Trust Queen Elizabeth II Fields.

Carden Park’s refurbishment is complete

The park re-opened to the public in August 2022.

You can explore and enjoy an exciting range of new equipment and facilities including:

  • a multi-use games area with mini exercise track
  • an outdoor fitness space, with an innovative state-of-the-art facility that everyone in the community can enjoy, as well as spaces for other informal fitness and wellbeing activities
  • a new teen zone with play equipment for older children and a quiet zone where friends can chill out and relax
  • and much more

The outdoor fitness area has a range of advanced equipment to suit all abilities. This can be used with the free KOMPAN Fitness App which lets users record and track their fitness activity and progress.

Please note: The fitness equipment is not suitable for use by anyone under 1.4 metres in height.

The park also has sensory play, providing a multitude of experiences for all ages and abilities. 

We were able to transform the park due to one of the biggest investments from Section 106 funding (developer contributions) within the city in a single park for many years. 

This funding is available at some locations in the city.

The park build was done by contractor KOMPAN alongside the council.

We welcome community feedback about the park’s refurbishment. Contact

View the design plans

Download the design plans to see the new facilities at Carden Park.

Park opening times

Park is always open. 

The Old Boat Corner Community Centre is open 7 days a week.

Services and facilities

This includes the facilities listed above as part of the refurbishment.

Facilities at the park include:

  • a play area to suit all age groups and abilities, with a multi use games and fitness area  
  • new noticeboards to guide visitors around the site and provide further information, including boards showing how to use the fitness equipment correctly and safely
  • The Old Boat Corner Community Centre 

About The Old Boat Corner Community Centre

The Centre organises and provides a range of community events and activities and clubs, and offers space for hire.

It has:

  • a café - with outside seating area, next to the lower play area. This is open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm
  • toilets, including a disabled toilet facility
  • community pantry
  • sports hall
  • community room
  • Hollingbury Library

To contact the Old Boat Corner Community Centre, you can:

Getting there

5B bus

This runs (southbound) daily every 10 to 15 minutes from Carden Avenue -  a few minutes’ walk away, towards Brighton city centre, Hove and Hangleton. 

Mondays to Fridays, the 5B northbound service, from the other side of Carden Avenue, connects to Coldean Lane, the universities at Falmer, and to services running along the A23 into Lewes and beyond.  

26 bus

Northbound service connects to Coldean and Lewes Road, or (southbound) to Ditchling Road and Fiveways, and runs daily, every 20 to 30 minutes.

Get more information about Brighton & Hove Buses

The 52 Big Lemon Bus

The 52 Big Lemon Bus provides an hourly weekday service to Patcham village.

By bike

Cycle parking is due to be installed in mid-2023.

Use the Brighton & Hove Cycle Map to find out more about cycle paths, cycle parking and other cycling and facilities in the city.

By car

There is on street parking on Carden Hill nearby. There is also some car parking (including a disabled parking space) for the park, the Old Boat Corner Community Centre, and the library, on the Carden Park access road.


There is a marked disabled car parking space at the lower entrance to the park, by the ramp going to the Old Boat Corner Community Centre, the Library and the park.

The refurbished park includes many pieces of equipment and features supporting sensory play.

We have installed new information boards. These highlight features benefiting park users with particular needs and disabilities. They also give further information about the use of the outdoor fitness equipment.

There is a disabled toilet facility inside the Old Boat Corner Community Centre.

Find out more about disabled access parks in the city.

The history of Carden Park

Go to the My Brighton and Hove website for more information on Carden Park's history


Existing opportunities include:

Future activities in the park could include help with:

  • a new Friends of Carden Park group
  • a wildlife garden/growing area in the park

If you’re interested in these opportunities, send an email to

Report a problem in the park

Use our online form to report a problem at Carden Park.