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Alexandra Recreation Ground, including Red Lion Gardens Kingston
   
Summary: The site for Alexandra Park, as Alexandra Recreation Ground was called when it first opened, was purchased in the late C19th/early C20th in order to provide public recreational facilities in the quickly developing town of Surbiton. The park provided various sporting facilities, which in 1944 included a miniature railway, and it is the home of a number of clubs, with hedged croquet and bowling greens. A fine avenue of trees leads towards the pavilion and trees line some boundaries including the main entrance on King Charles Road. Red Lion Gardens, just south of the gates, is a triangular area of formal planting by the main road.
Previous / Other name: Alexandra Park
Site location: King Charles Road/Alexandra Drive
Postcode: KT5 9BE > Google Map
Type of site: Public Park
Date(s): late C19th
Designer(s):
Listed structures:
Borough: Kingston
Site ownership: RB Kingston
Site management: Grounds maintenance contractor: Quadron Services Ltd
Open to public? Yes
Opening times: unrestricted
Special conditions:
Facilities: playground, tennis, basketball, football, croquet, cricket, bowls, toilets including cricket club, bowls club and tennis club
Events:
Public transport: Rail: Surbiton then bus. Bus: 265, 281, 406, 418
The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/04/2012
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.kingston.gov.uk/browse/environment/parks/recreation_sites

Fuller information:

Alexandra Recreation Ground was one of a number of parks in the borough where various Surbiton Borough Council events were held, such as open air services to celebrate the Coronation in 1937. A 'Wings for Victory' procession led to Alexandra Recreation Ground in 1943 as part of the Borough Council's fund-raising drive. Outside the main gates on King Charles Road, between the park and the main road are Red Lion Gardens, classified as a Wayside Garden in the Council's Green Spaces Strategy. The garden has a number of shaped island beds set within lawn and at one time there was a floral clock, planted to commemorate important events. To the north east of the park part of Tolworth Allotment site was laid out as a new Millennium Green, abutting the Recreation Ground.

Sources consulted:

Richard Stathan 'Surbiton Past' (Phillimore, 1996)
Grid ref: TQ192663
Size in hectares: 6.696
   
On EH National Register : No
EH grade:
Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
Registered common or village green
on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No
Protected under London Squares
Preservation Act 1931:
No
 
The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.
On Local List:
In Conservation Area: No
Conservation Area name: (abuts CA)
Tree Preservation Order: No
Nature Conservation Area: No
Green Belt: No
Metropolitan Open Land: Yes
Special Policy Area: No
Other LA designation: Proposal Site 40 (area to east)
   

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