The Ridgeway & The Dell Play Areas
The Ridgeway local Park is a Green Flag Award winning park.
The Ridgeway Local Park has successfully retained the prestigious Green Flag Award first won in 2009, it's a great place to visit and a key part of the local community.
This small park has two distinct areas. The upper area is a more formal urban recreation space with a MUGA, children's play area, ornamental shrub planting and an open grass area ideal for a variety of recreation activities and is a great space to hold events. The lower section, referred to as the Dell, is much more informal with a style of play equipment that reflects this incorporated into the natural landscape. The easy access pathway into the Dell connects to the surrounding environment and provides a wildlife corridor between the woodland areas and adjacent farmland.
The Ridgeway (Upper) Play Area is designed for younger children with the following features;
- Cradle Swing - 2 seat
- Flat Swing - 2 seat
- Group / Basket Swing
- Tower Slide
- 2 x Springer Units
- Spring Seesaw
- Themed Springer Unit (Willy's Jeep)
- DDA Roundabout
- Junior Multi-Unit with Slide
- Stepping Pods
- Bird Hide Shelter
- Multi User Games Area (MUGA)
The Ridgeway (Lower) Play Area is designed for older children with the following features;
- Embankment Slide
- Wooden Climber Unit
- Rope Swing - 3 Ropes
- 3 x Climbing Logs in Sand Unit
Investment & Development
Over £150,000 of internal and external funding has been invested in the development of the park. Works to the open space have included a new older children's play area and access route into the lower Dell area, and the protection of the shrub planting from rabbit grazing damage. The local community has helped plant trees within the park and the new play equipment has proved to be very popular and well used.
The Ridgeway Local Park has improved considerably through the successful implementation of these major works over the last few years. With the implementation of the new ten-year management plan Ridgeway Management Plan 2022-2032 , it continues to develop as an important open space for the local community and is now part of the Hertford Health Walks programme - more information on the individual walks is available the Countryside Management website
The Ridgeway Local Park is a Green Flag Award winning park - see The Ridgeway Response to Judges 2018 [5MB] for more information on how the park has been improved over the years.
An initial The Ridgeway Local Park Greenspace Action Plan 2015 - 2020 [16MB] management plan was created to guide the project works in the park to develop The Dell new older children's play area in the lower section of the park and to apply for the first Green Flag Award in 2009.
Location and directions - The Ridgeway Local Park is located off The Ridgeway in Hertford; the postcode is SG14 2JE, this will take you to the Sele Community Centre which is next to the park.