The Friends of Victoria Park are delighted to learn that Ashford Borough Council has been awarded more than £3 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund to revitalise Victoria Park.
Friends of Victoria Park will be exhibiting some details of the proposals at Create and Mr. Harper's Birthday Party this weekend.
The funding, thanks to National Lottery players, means the council can deliver its exciting plans to redevelop and restore one of Ashford’s oldest and most-loved green spaces, working with the local community, volunteer groups and the Friends of Victoria Park.
Proposals include a new children’s play area, improvements to the river, improved lighting across the park, and a new community hub building with café, and new toilets. The iconic Grade II Listed Hubert Fountain and the surrounding piazza area will also be restored and repaired.
The council will be employing four new members of staff to manage the project, including a parks officer who will be based on site. There will also be opportunities for the community to get involved with volunteering roles as part of the project.
More than 1,000 people gave their feedback on park improvements as part of the council’s consultation process in the preparation of the bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The results showed the public wanted a café, better play areas and toilets, more events and activities, and improved safety and security. Thanks to this funding the council will be able to make improvements, which will hopefully encourage more people to enjoy Victoria Park for longer.
Almost £1.9 million will be spent on repairs and conservation of the historical aspects of the park, and another £1 million has been earmarked for new building work including access paths, signage, bridges, and dipping platforms.
For Ashford Borough Council, Cllr Peter Feacey, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded this money from the National Lottery Heritage Fund; this is a regeneration project that we can’t wait to start. The funding means we can make these exciting improvements, reconnecting people with this historic park and its heritage. Events and activities focussed on children and young people and resources for schools will encourage our younger residents to visit.”
Create on Saturday 20th July, the free one-day event hosting four live stages, local street food, children’s rides and entertainment and interactive theatre and
Mr. Harper's Birthday Party on Sunday 21st July.
Come and find us in the Community Marquee.
Victoria Park is a short walk from:
the Town Centre (cross the bridge between the Picture House Cinema and Travelodge Hotel and follow the footpath across Victoria Road), and
Ashford International Station (exit via the internation ticket hall, cross Avenue Jacques Faucheux to Beaver Road, follow the footpath from the south of the BP Service Station.
If you need to drive park in Watercress Fields (turn into Clockhouse/Arlington from Brookfield Road at the Knoll Lane/Clockhouse signalised junction then left into Clockhouse, right into Ford Way; Postcode for Satnav: TN23 5HD)
The results of the Victoria Park Summer Series Run 2
Results of all races will be added to the Summer Series page
Please find below a link to the minutes of the Friends of Victoria Park Meeting held on 4th July 2019
By popular request - a new route for this Wednesday 5k! Don't forget to register if you haven't already at Summer Series 5k
If you're not a runner or injury is stopping you from running and you want to join us as a volunteer for the event then send us a message.
The next meeting
of the Friends of Victoria Park will be heldat 7.30 pm
on Thurday 4th July 2019
at Ashford Indoor Bowls Centre
Victoria Park, Jemmett Rd, TN23 4QD
The agenda for the meeting is
- Welcome and Update
- Minutes of Previous meeting
- Matters Arising
- Election of new committee member
- Events and Activities
- Summer Series
- Create/Mr Harpers Birthday
- Butterfly Count
- Family Fun Run
- Any Other business
Download a printable copy here
Apply now to join the next run on 10th July.
We have reduced the fee for entering all four runs to £20.00.
Download an Entry Form
- Post or deliver it as directed on the form wih your entry fee or
- Contact us for details of how to send the form by email and pay electronically.
We will contact participants who have sent the higher series entry fee.
You can now email your summer series application form and pay electronically.
Use our contact form to ask us to send bank details.
We will reply with bank details and an email address to send your form to.
A series of 4 evening 5k runs. Join just for 1 or for all 4.
The runs will take place at 7.00pm on:
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Wednesday 7th August 2019 and
Wednesday 4th September 2019
The fast and slightly undulating course makes this event ideal for setting a new 5k PB – and it’s great too for beginners or those simply looking for a short evening run.
Every finisher will be awarded a medal.
Full details of the series and how to enter can be found at