There are many parks and outdoor spaces in Croydon
There are more than 120 parks and open spaces in Croydon and 10 of these have been awarded green flag status. Below are some of Croydon’s most popular green spaces.
Happy Valley is a beautiful grassland and wooded area in Coulsdon featuring rare plants such as the man orchid and the greater yellow rattle, alongside a wide variety of herbs. The park forms part of the London LOOP walk and is a site of special scientific interest.
Coombe Wood is a garden and woodland area near Croydon’s town centre, in the old village of Coombe. There are a series of ornamental gardens to enjoy, as well as a small pond and waterfall. The park is popular with visitors all days of the week, and forms part of the long-distance Vanguard Way.
Lloyd Park is one of Croydon’s most exciting and diverse parks, offering visitors everything from an outdoor gym and bowling green to disc golf and trail running facilities. The park, located south-east of the town centre, is easily reached by foot, public transport or car. As well as extensive parkland with wooded areas, the park offers football fields and a children’s playground.
South Norwood Lake
South Norwood Lake offers visitors a peaceful place to take a stroll, as well as facilities for activities including tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields, a cricket green and a bowling green. For the fishermen out there, angling is a popular activity in the lake itself which is home to perch, bream and carp. Croydon Sailing Club also uses the lake for its activities.
Wandle Park, one of the oldest in Croydon, gets its name from the Wandle River, which runs through its 8.5 hectares. The park is popular with runners, dog walkers and skateboarders, who congregate at the dedicated skate park and games area. In the last few years Wandle Park has seen a flurry of investment to upgrade its facilities, making it a favourite destination both for its picnic lawns and café.