Southgate Park extends to just over 21 hectares including 12 hectares of semi-natural woodland. The Hawth Woodland is designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance and its Iron Ore pits are unique to the heritage of Crawley. The Park provides a wide range of sporting and recreational activities for all ages and has also been used to host larger town-wide events such as the annual Irish festival, carnival, circus and funfair. The latest addition to Southgate Park is the award winning Skate Park, which opened in 2008.
Southgate Park is off Southgate Avenue, a short walk from the town centre and railway station.
Facilities in the park include;
Several sporting clubs have their home ground at Southgate Park and are members of the Emerald Club
, who lease and manage the club house:
In 2008 the skate park (2,800 square metres) was awarded the "Best Public and Private Sector Play Scheme Award" by the National Landscape and Amenity Awards. Click to visit the skate park web page .
The site has been owned and managed by Crawley Borough Council since the New Town development in 1947. The land originally formed part of the large Tilgate Estate which lies to the south. The playing fields were part of the farm land worked by Malthouse Farm.
Hawth Woods has an interesting history, dating back at least as far as the 16th Century when it was used as a source of charcoal and iron ore for the local iron industry. The wood still contains many pits associated with the mining of the ore. The ore and charcoal are likely to have been supplied to the nearby Tilgate furnace which closed in the late 17th Century.
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