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Howard Park and Gardens

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3.4 ha in Letchworth Garden City. 1 route and 13 points of interest

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Belgium Refugees Plaque

Site of historical interest

In 1914, people from Belgium stayed in Letchworth Garden City during the First World War. Can you find the special oak tree nearby which was presented as a thank you in December 1916?

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Ebenezer Howard Memorial

Site of historical interest

When was Letchworth Garden City built?  It was Ebenezer Howard's idea to create Letchworth...the first Garden city in the world. This plaque remembers the Town's founding.

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Howard Garden Social Centre

Building

Howard Garden Social & Day Care Centre is a registered charity and the day to day running of the centre is performed by a small team of staff and a number of amazing volunteers with the aim to provide a place of companionship and support for the older residents in our community in order to reduce the impact of social isolation on their lives. 

To ensure this they arrange a number of activities, lunch and day care services, afternoon club activities and outings. Each day brings different entertainment, something new to try and more people to meet.

For further information visit their website

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Howard Gardens Bowls Club

Bowling Green

Established in 1926, Howard Gardens Bowls Club is one of the foremost Bowls Clubs in Letchworth Garden City.

It prides itself as having one of the best greens in the area which is professionally maintained by contractors.

Vacancies are available for both men and women and there are opportunities to play in friendly or league games.

We welcome players who have bowled before as well as beginners interested in taking it up. We have equipment (bowls etc) if required.

The season runs from the end of April until late September with most matches taking place in the afternoons or evenings, mid week and weekends.

 

Please contact for more information on 01462 641528

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Mrs Howard Memorial Hall

Building

The Mrs Howard Memorial Hall, a Grade II listed building, was Letchworth’s first public building, and the focus of literary, musical and political life in the developing Garden City.

The Memorial Hall has over the years, become a very versatile building that is richly steeped in history and architecture. It has many different uses today, be it for Parties, Meetings, Dance or Yoga Classes, the hall is the perfect venue for your event or class.

The Memorial Hall has two main halls and various meeting rooms to choose from, a lift to all floors and ample pay and display car parking.

For more information and booking enquiries please complete the on-line contact form or alternatively phone Bobby on 01462 681951 or 07828 145200.

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Paddling Pool and Fountain

Splash Park

The popular 120 metre paddling pool at the centre of the park is filled and has exciting water jets seven days a week between 10am and 6pm from the beginning of May until the end of September.

It is a historic water feature, with ground level water jets.

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Pix Brook Bridge

Water Habitat

Pix Brook is an excellent wildlife corridor as it provides shelter and food for many plants and animals.
Stand still on the bridge and listen for 1 minute - how many different sounds can you hear?

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Play Area

Playground

Timber play area for children up to the age of 12 containing

  • Rope bridge
  • Spinning dishes
  • Tyre swing
  • Bouncing platforms
  • Train
  • Sand pit

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Refreshment Kiosk

Food & Drink

Refreshment kiosk open throughout the year stocking a wide range of hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks

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Sappho the Greek poet

Artwork

In 1907 a bronze sculpture of ‘Sappho’ was presented to Letchworth by Mrs. Katherine McLean, whose husband was the sculptor. Mrs. McLean was not a resident of Letchworth but had links through her sister. In 1936, the statue was moved from her original location on the corner of Station Way and Broadwater Avenue to the Ball Memorial Garden but was stolen in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Her disappearance remains a mystery, and for some time her origins were also unknown. In 1960, the local press featured articles asking for information about where she had come from, which were successfully answered.

Sappho was an Ancient Greek poet who was born on the Isle of Lesbos. She was born between 630-612BC and died around 570BC. Her poetry was concerned with love and passion

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Special flower borders

Plant Bed

Flowers are important because they attract bees which help pollinate other plants.
Can you spot any honey bees?

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Wetland Habitats

Wildlife

Pix Brook provides an important home for animals and plants.
What can you see that grows near the stream?

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Park Information

Howard Park and Gardens is a vital green space in the heart of the town surrounded by mature trees and with formal gardens around the bowls area. It also has quiet areas for reading or relaxation. This was part of the vision of Ebenezer Howard more than 100 years ago. Created as a central part of the world’s first garden city in Letchworth the park continues to play an important role in the life of Letchworth and makes a significant contribution to the quality of life of those who live and work in or visit the town.

The Park now has updated leisure facilities catering for young and old alike who can enjoy family activities on the lawns, play area or in the paddling pool, or more organised events in the bowls or social club.

The £2.7 million project to restore the Park and Gardens was able to go ahead thanks to an award of £1.84 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through the 'Parks for People' scheme, and an investment by NHDC. Many important facilities have been restored such as the statue of Sappho and other memorials and the paddling pool transformed. Many new features were added including new play area, park furniture and a refreshment kiosk.

The park was awarded its first Green Flag in July 2013.

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On Site Facilities

  • Car Park (Pay & Display)Car Park (Pay & Display) icon
  • Disabled AccessDisabled Access icon
  • Disabled ToiletsDisabled Toilets icon
  • Dog Free AreaDog Free Area icon
  • Dogs WelcomeDogs Welcome icon
  • Food & DrinkFood & Drink icon
  • Pushchair Friendly PathsPushchair Friendly Paths icon
  • Sheltered SeatingSheltered Seating icon
  • Splash ParkSplash Park icon
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How to get here

Parking:

Parking available in the town centre or at Hillshot pay and display car park

For directions click here or for more information regarding parking charges at Hillshot please click here

Post code SG6 1SA


Public Transport Information:

There are bus stops along Norton Way South

Further information on public transport is available here: www.intalink.org.uk or www.nationalrail.co.uk


Cycling:

Cycle parking is availble by the refreshment kiosk


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