Spring 2024: Ready, get set, go!

There is no time like Spring,
When life’s alive in everything,
...

    It's hardly surprising that so many poets have been moved to celebrate the arrival of spring. The above lines are from Christina Rossetti, the Romantic era writer and poet, written in the mid 1800s.

    When I'm walking around our park, the sight of the newly-unfurled oak leaves - that unique, fresh green colour - could almost inspire me to pen some words in celebration of nature reborn.

    Luckily, your HRUA committee is not wandering among the trees, dreaming up poems, but busy planning our programme of spring and summer events.

    As I write this, our ever-popular Spring Plant Sale, and the Spring Tree Walk with John Wells are only weeks away, and the first big event - the Kites and Bikes Festival is on Sunday, May 19th.

    Have a look at the Events section further down this page for more details, and for a link to download the full programme for 2024.

    As ever, timings may vary, and events may be added or cancelled, so join our "Friends of Harrow Rec" Facebook group to keep yourself informed about changes.

    In the mean time, get out and enjoy the spring, like Christina did...

Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap, put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.

STOP PRESS!

    CONGRATULATIONS Harrow Council Green Team and Mark, who work hard to keep our park looking lovely. Here's Mark holding his team's "Staff Stars Award" from the Harrow Council leader, Cllr Paul Osborn.

    The team have been very busy in the park recently, getting it ready for the Green Flag Parks inspection, and we think its looking really good at the moment.

Who We Are

    The Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association (HRUA) is a voluntary group of park users who organise around 10 free events in ‘The Rec’ each year, open to all.

    We act when needed as a support and lobbying group on behalf of park users, and we aim to work in partnership with other park groups and clubs, and Harrow Council to make sure that the facilities in the park can be enjoyed by all.

   Our governing documents and minutes are published online.  You can follow the links below to see them, or to join our work.

weeping willow tree silhouetted against a setting sun

Around the Park

    Take off your earphones, turn up your senses, and enjoy our beautiful trees, lawns, gardens and wildlife.

    You’ll find all the usual park facilities at ‘The Rec’: football and cricket pitches, tennis and basketball courts, children’s playground.

    In the Ahimsa Peace Garden you can enjoy the tranquillity of the fenced Quiet Area or meet friends or hold a party in the Picnic Area. 

    You can get fit at two outdoor gyms, use the covered area for your outdoor events (free booking required), and get refreshments at the popular SEVA Cafe.

sports clubhouse with chairs set out in front

Clubs & Activities

    There has been a bowling ground at the Rec since its earliest days, and Harrow Bowling Club was formed around 1902.

    The Rec is also home to Harrow St Mary’s Youth Football Club and the 3-Bridges Cricket Club.

    Activities open to all include:

  • Harrow parkrun (Saturdays 9am by Harrow St Mary’s Pavilion);
  • Tai Chi for Health (Fridays 9:30 to 10:30 near the café or on the Basketball Court);
  • Group Exercise (Tuesdays 9:45 to 10:45 near the Tennis Courts or on the Basketball Court);
  • and Harrow Health Walk (Fridays 10.45 meet outside the café).
table laid out with books for sale, three people standing behind

Volunteering

    HRUA runs about ten events each year - free for all to join and always very popular - and the help of our supporters is essential to organise and run these.

    The Harrow Rec Community gardeners meet twice per month to help keep the park tidy and beautiful, and safe for all users - working in conjunction with the Harrow Council Green Team.

    Our regular book sales are a great way to ‘recycle’ books, and raise valuable funds for our programmes and activities.

    We also work with Harrow Council in planning and completing improvements to the park infrastructure and facilities

Upcoming Events & Team Activities

    As well as our teams working in the park each month we have organised some exciting events for you and your families to enjoy throughout the year...

     Watch out for updates on our “friends” Facebook group, as events may be rescheduled or cancelled.

wild flowers Silhouetted against a pink sky
Sunday, 19th May
2pm to 5pm
 

Kites & Bikes Festival

    A perennially popular event, Kites & Bikes returns in spring 2024.

    Bring along your own kite and demonstrate your skills, join our volunteers in the craft tent to make your own, or buy one of the fun kites on sale.

    Meanwhile, Dr Bike will be on hand to help you with minor repairs and servicing, and to answer all your cycling questions. (Please note, Dr. Bike will give priority to children and their bikes. Please be patient.)

    Bring your kites and bikes up to the top (north) field. 

wild flowers Silhouetted against a pink sky
Sunday, 19th May
10.30am to 4.30pm
 

Harrow Bowls Club Open Day

    Want to learn a new sport?  There's free coaching available on our Open Day, when all are welcome.

    No experience required - see how easy it is to play and enjoy.  And all equipment supplied, you will just need flat shoes or trainers.

    Just come along and have a go on the day, or see our website for more details: www.harrowbowlsclub.co.uk

Regular Events, Groups, & Team Activities

    Here are some events and activities that take place in our park, every week "come rain, come shine".  Why not come along and join in, no invitation necessary.  Send us an email, or check our “Friends of Harrow Rec” Facebook group for more details.

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Monthly, on first Monday and fourth Friday

From April 'til Nov 2-4pm
 

Garden Team

    Calling all gardeners! Never mind the weather or the season, we meet for digging, planting, tidying, taming, sweeping and litter-picking.

    Whether you are green-fingered or all thumbs you will be welcomed, there are jobs to suit everyone, and fun and companionship besides.

    Find us either at the "Green Pavilion" (near to the Cafe and Bowling Green), in the Ahimsa Peace Garden (near the basket ball courts), or out and about in the park with spade, secateurs and broom!

a group of walkers
Each Sunday,
9-12am

Tennis Sessions

Harrow's LTA tennis partner, Premier Tennis, run coaching and free tennis play sessions in the park on a Sunday morning, with coach Akash on hand to help and advise.

Just check the following link for availability and booking, and then turn up with your racket and your energy.

a group of walkers
Each Friday,
9.30 until 10.30

Harrow Tai Chi for Health

    We are a community group who are actively promoting the joy of practising tai chi in the open parks for health and general well being.

    Our Harrow Rec sessions are 9.30am to 10.30am every Friday morning and they are free and full of fun. Hope you will make new friends and have an enjoyable one hour of fresh air, gentle exercise, tranquility and mindfulness with us. 

    We meet near the green canopy by the cafe or in the basket ball at 9.30am. We look forward to seeing you. 

a group of walkers
Each Saturday, 09.00

Harrow Rec parkrun

    parkrun is a free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event that takes place at thousands of venues across the world.

    Parkrunners run, jog or walk our 5k course at their own pace.

    More information can be found on the Harrow parkrun website

a group of walkers
Each Tuesday,
9.45 to 10:45

Group Exercise

    aka "bootcamp".  Join our exercise group out in the fresh air every Tuesday morning.  And then, maybe stay on for a friendly chat in the cafe afterwards.

    Meet on grass, near to the tennis courts - or the basketball court.

a group of walkers
Each Friday,
10.45 to 11.15

Harrow Health Walk

    Supported by Harrow Council and Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association.

    Join us every Friday at Harrow Recreation Ground for an invigorating walk, focused on wellbeing and engagement.

    Meet at the Sevacare park cafe.

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