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Homefield Park and playground

Homefield Park Play Area 200 x 150

Newland Road,
Worthing,
West Sussex,
BN11 2RH

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Equipment list for Homefield Park playground

  • Smaller children's play equipment - 2 to 6 years typically
  • Older children's play equipment - 6 years onwards typically
  • Skateboard/BMX facilities
  • Multi-sports - football/basketball

This Victorian town park was originally known as the People's Park.

The park contains a play area, basketball pad and a junior football pitch.

Football pitch bookings

To book a football pitch please contact our Sports Booking Team.

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Outdoor fitness equipment

Brand new Outdoor Fitness Equipment was installed in January 2017 adjacent to the Playground in Homefield Park. The units are surfaced for all year round access and can be used by all age ranges to give a full body work out. The equipment was positioned next to the playground to allow parents to be able to exercise themselves whilst supervising their children close by.

The equipment project of £20k was funded by Worthing Borough Council's Capital funding programme and helps make the park a fun and interesting experience for a wide range of visitors and the fitness equipment helps tackle inactivity and rising obesity levels.

Homefield Park Outdoor Fitness Equipment

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Skateboard park

Homefield Park skatepark was originally constructed in 2000 with a lottery grant, funding from the Council and a contribution from Sussex Police. In 2016 an extensive refurbishment following consultation with the local skating community.

The £157k funding from the Councils' Capital funding programme and s106 developers contributions allowed many new features to be installed, some of which include: High Grind Ledges, lower Grind Block, 5 ft Quarter Pipe, 5 ft Volcano, and a Long Round Grind Rail for novices and experienced skaters. The surface was especially improved using "Utiplay" surfacing to give a high quality skating experience.

The park was designed in direct consultation with the skaters and BMX'ers of Worthing. This has lead to an integrated design, ideal for laps and lines across the driveway, grind box, or the various jump boxes. In addition, there is a mini ramp half pipe for other tricks.

The design of the main jump box in the centre of the park has many different styles of ramps to accommodate different skill levels. The smaller driveway and the pyramid can be used by quite low skill levels. The jump box and grind box can be used to pull off more spectacular, technically demanding tricks. The mini ramp half pipe offers an additional technical focus for more advanced riders of all disciplines.

The skatepark is open all year round, although it is not lit at night, and riding the ramps in darkness is not advised. This park is not locked at night.

The Skatepark is ideal for use with boards, blades or BMXs.

Homefield Park Skatepark

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History of Homefield Park

Homefield Park (44,109.85 square metres, or 10.89 acres) is to the east of Worthing town centre, less than a mile from the seafront.

This Victorian town park was originally known as the 'The People's Park' or sometimes simply as 'The Park' and was the first municipal park in Worthing (1880).

The east end of the park was landscaped around an ornamental lake, which was formed by damming the Teville Stream, which runs through parts of Worthing and eventually into the English Channel.

The layout included a rustic footbridge over the water and paths meandering through ornamental shrubberies, but most of the park was grassland where carnivals and other events were held.

The decorative pond was filled in around 1930, with the expansion of Worthing Hospital absorbing the south part of the park.

Homefield Park was laid out to the north of the current Worthing Hospital when Fanny Heather left seven acres of land in 1876 to the Local Board of Health for public recreation. Mr R. Dawes and Sir Robert Loader. M.P. donated further land and the park increased in size to over 14 acres.

Photos: Homefield Park, taken in 1930 - courtesy of Worthing Museum ©

Homefield Park - dated 1930 pic1

Homefield Park - dated 1930 pic2

The park has a history of bowling and cricket being played there. It was also once the site for the Council nursery.

What was once the Park Manager's House is now a private dwelling.

Homefield Park today

There is a measured red walk route that has been marked out along the paths in Homefield Park, adjacent to Worthing Hospital in a bid to encourage people to walk regularly to improve their fitness. The 'Hearty Walk' is the brainchild of 'Cardiac Rehabilitation Support (CRS)' a local registered charity. The committees are formed of cardiac patients who have previously attended Worthing Hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation programme after a heart problem, and their carers.

The park currently provides:

  • Play area
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Skateboard park
  • Events take place in the park

Homefield Park is very much at the heart of the community (it is situated within Central ward) not just because of its location, but also because it serves a local population that is part of the second largest town in West Sussex (100,000 population) after Crawley.

The park is well used by a variety of people such as:

  • families using it as a picnic area and meeting place, as well as using the play equipment
  • local football clubs
  • skateboarders
  • basketball players
  • patients, visitors and staff of Worthing Hospital
  • dog walkers
  • runners/joggers
  • local businesses

Car parking is available on street or in the town's car parks.

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