Name: Children's playgrounds
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Children's playgrounds

The Council has over 20 children's playgrounds throughout the Borough. The largest of these are at Central and Hesketh Park, and there are numerous small and medium sized playgrounds elsewhere, in residential areas.

Image of Central Park Playground

Playgrounds are managed by the Council's Housing or Environmental Contract Sections. They are maintained by the Environmental Contracts Section through a specialist contractor, Clements Play Management Ltd.

This company has a contract with the Council for playground inspection and routine maintenance until 2019. A full list of playground sites is shown below (a few of the sites listed are not currently owned or managed by the Council but are due to be taken over from private developers in due course).

A skatepark has been constructed in Central Park after detailed consultation with the skateboarding community over the design. This park incorporates a bowl and a plaza, which was built by Gravity Engineering Ltd with funding by Dartford Borough Council and a grant from Barclays Spaces for Sport.

Site NameDetailsAge GroupLocked at night?General Description
Albert Road Entrances off Albert Road / High Road and Martin Road / High Road, Wilmington.
Nearest Postcode - DA2 7DL
Toddlers to 10 years Yes Medium sized playground with multiplay units and shaded grass areas
Almond Road Entrance off Almond Road, Stone
Nearest postcode - DA2 6BD
Toddlers to 10 years Yes Small site with limited equipment
Attlee Drive Entrances off Attlee Drive, Tennyson Road & Littlebrook Manor Way, Temple Hill
Nearest Postcode - DA1 5DN       
All ages No Large site with surfaced ball court, teen zone and equipment for all ages
Bell Close At eastern end of Bell Close, Stone
Nearest postcode - DA9 9BP        
Toddlers to 8 years No Small playground with limited range of equipment
Cavell Crescent Entrances off Henderson Drive, Cavell Crescent & Wordsworth Way, Temple Hill
Nearest postcode - DA1 5NS        
All ages No Medium sized equipped site with a grass football area..
Cedar Road At junction of Cedar & Hazel Roads, Tree Estate, next to Community Centre
Nearest postcode - DA1 2RS        
All ages, including teenagers Yes - floodlit until 9.30pm Medium sized recently refurbished site, with small skate park, floodlit ball court & teen shelter
Central Park Entrances to the park off Market Street, Lowfield Street, Cranford Road, Princes Road & Darenth Road Dartford.
Nearest postcode - DA1 1EU
All ages Yes Major facility within the Town Centre Park with a large range of equipment including zip wire, range of multiplay units, toddler trampoline, waterplay, bike track, ball court
Darenth Country Park Entrances off Green St Green Road and Darenth Park Avenue.
Nearest postcode - DA2 6PU
Toddlers to 10 years Yes Natural playground site with stepping stones, log walk and tree stumps within a larger Country Park
Hesketh Park Entrances to the park off Park Road, Pilgrims Way, Canterbury Close, Watling Street & The Brent.
Nearest postcode - DA1 1ST
All ages Yes Major facility within a large open park with a good range of equipment including multiplay climbing units, ball court & teen zone.
Hill Rise On the green at Hill Rise, Darenth
Nearest postcode - DA2 7HX        
Toddlers to 10 years No Medium equipped site with a bike track and grass football area.
Humber Road / Kenwyn Road Entrances off Humber & Kenwyn Roads, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 2TG        
Toddlers No Four small sites with limited equipment and grass.
Jessamine Place Entrances off Jessamine Place, Wiltshire Close & Kirby Road, Stone
Nearest postcode - DA2 6EU        
Toddlers to 10 years No Medium sized equipped site including grass games area
Joyce Green Lane Entrances off Joyce Green Lane & Trevelyan Close (stepped access), Temple Hill
Nearest postcode - DA1 5EU        
All ages No Major equipped site with a range of multiplay units, bike track, grassed football area and teen zone
Lagonda Way Entrance in Lagonda Way, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 5EH        
Toddlers to 10 years No Small equipped site with grass area.
Low Close Entrance in Low Close, Stone
Nearest postcode - DA9 9PE        
Toddlers to 8 years No Small equipped site.
Page Close Access from Page Close & Stonewood, Bean
Nearest postcode - DA2 8BX        
Toddler to 10 years No Small equipped site. 
Penney Close Entrance off Penney Close, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 2NE        
Toddlers to 8 years No Small equipped site
Queens Gardens Entrances off Queens Gardens, Hesketh Avenue & Princes Road, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA2 6HZ        
Toddlers to 10 years No Medium sized equipped site with grass games area
Swallow Close Entrances off Swallow Close and Chalice Way, Saxon Park, Stone
Nearest postcode - DA9 9PT        
Toddlers No Small toddler only equipped site
Willow Road Entrances off Willow Road, Heath Lane & Blackmans Close, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 2QP        
Toddlers to 8 years No Small sized equipped site..
Willow Walk Entrance off Francis Road, Chatsworth Road & Savoy Road, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 5AT        
All ages No A large equipped site including multiplay units, multi-use games wall, bike track and teen zone.
Wilmot Road recreation ground Entrance off Wilmot Road, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 3BE        
All ages No Large equipped site with several multiplay units, toddler trampoline, ball court, bike track and grass football area adjacent.
Windermere Close Entrance off Windermere Close, Dartford
Nearest postcode - DA1 2TX        
Toddlers to 8 years Yes Small site with limited equipment and grass area
Worcester Park Accessed from Church Path, Steele Avenue and Cowley Avenue, Stone
Nearest postcode - DA9 9QA        
All ages No Large equipped site with a range of multiplay units, zip wire and basketball hoop.

Parishes Councils Playgrounds

There are 21 equipped play facilities maintained, repaired and funded through Parish Council resources.

Stone Parish Council

  • Stone Recreation Ground
  • Waterstone Park (soon to be adopted)

Bean Parish Council

  • Bean Recreation Ground

Southfleet Parish Council

  • Southfleet Village Hall

Darenth Parish Council

  • Waller Park
  • Green St. Green Commons (Common Land)

Sutton & Hawley Parish Council

  • King Georges Field, Hawley
  • Burnt House Lane
  • Sutton Recreation Ground
  • Playground r/o Balmoral Road

Wilmington Parish Council

  • Oakfield Park
  • Chestnut Grove Open Space (leased from DBC)

Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council

  • Swanscombe Park
  • Manor Park
  • Broomfield Road Recreation Ground
  • Swanscombe Heritage Park
  • Knockhall Road Recreation Ground
  • Valley View Playground
  • Saxon Court Play Area

Longfield Parish Council

  • Long Valley Hall & Park (leased from DBC)
  • Whitehill Road Recreation Ground
  • The Oval & Playground

Privately Owned Playgrounds

  • Phoenix Place - Playground etc
  • The Dell - Playground
  • Barnwell Road - Playground
  • Darenth Village Park - Playground, open space, Football
  • Ingress Park - Playground, Heritage park
  • Bexley Park- Playgrounds, open spaces
  • High Trees - Playground
  • Baker Crescent - Playground
  • Cameron Drive
  • Marsden Gardens
  • Waylan Gardens
  • Vimy Drive
  • Shiers Avenue
  • Hardy Avenue
  • Critchley Avenue
  • Whites Close
  • St Peters Close
  • Taylor Row
  • Pier Road
  • Continuity Court
  • Griffin Walk
  • Waterstone Way

Housing Association

  • Cugley Road - Playground
  • Wodehouse Road - Playground
  • Cornwall Road - Playground
  • Groveherst Road - Playground
  • Whitfield Crescent - Playground

Other Information

  • Dogs are not allowed on any children's playground site
  • Adults allowed on same site only if accompanying a child
  • All playgrounds managed by Dartford Borough Council are inspected and cleaned daily except Christmas Day
  • Priority on equipment should be given to the under 12's
  • Please report any damaged equipment, accidents or other problems to 01322 343434.

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Last Updated: 21st June 2018 Print Link