Central Park, Bell Meadow and Sky Blue Pasture

One of the oldest public parks in Chelmsford, Central Park, was originally named Chelmsford Recreation Grounds. It opened to the public in 1894. Today, Central Park also includes Central Park Memorial Gardens, Frank Whitmore Place, Bell Meadow and Sky Blue Pasture which embraces over 14.87 hectares (35.6 acres) of parkland together with a Nature Reserve. All the component parts are linked by footpath and cycle networks.  As the name implies, it is in the centre of the city and offers visitors the opportunity to relax and take in green surroundings whilst remaining only a short walk away from the hustle and bustle.

Visitors can enjoy the colourful planting schemes, riverside walks and cycle paths, model railway, children’s play areas, lake, skateboard ramp, tennis courts, a multi-use games area and table tennis. Perhaps visit one of the many outdoor events held during the year. Visitors can also take in the views of the iconic Victorian railway viaduct whilst walking around the lake, stopping for refreshments from the Park Café.

Visiting us

Find us

Chelmsford
CM2 0RW

Opening times

The park is open at all times

Parking

Public car parking available nearby

Bus

To find bus routes visit First Essex

Walking/Cycling

Excellent walking & cycle access.

Facilities

Facilities

Toilets
Disabled Toilets
Neighbourhood & Local Play Areas
Ornamental Gardens
Public art
Picnic area
Café
Ice Cream Concession

Sports

adiZone
Basketball
Skate-park
Tennis

Useful Information

No fishing permitted in Central Park Lake

Access to Essex County Cricket Ground

Chelmsford Central Parkrun

Green Flags Award

Nearby green spaces