The revamped Chislehurst Recreation Ground will be unveiled on Bank Holiday Monday in a ceremony that echoes the ground’s original opening 63 years ago.
Chislehurst May Queen Catherine Wiffen will lead a procession from the Empress Drive entrance and cut the ribbon to the Rec’s new playground facilities on 30 May. In 1948 Chislehurst May Queen Rita Schofield proceeded through the grounds to open the 14-acre space that still exists today.
There will be a few differences. On Monday there will be a bouncy castle, entertainers and face painting in an event organised by Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground. Visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic if the weather is good.
Belinda Sethard-Wright of Friends of Chislehurst Recreation Ground writes: “The group grew out of a number of regular park users who felt that there were aspects of the park at Chislehurst Recreation Ground that could be improved, so instead of just moaning about it we thought we would actually try and do something. We are trying to make the Big Society ethos work in the community.”