June 2022: What a Swell Party that Was!

     Thanks to all of you who made it to the park on Sunday, 5th of June for the Platinum Jubilee festival of music, dance, food and fun.  The weather was kind, the cakes were creamy, and the icing on the event was a visit from Harrow’s new Mayor!

   The event was brought to you by your park users association, in collaboration with Harrow Giving and Pinner Road West Chamber of Commerce, and with support from the National Lottery Fund.  There’s a selection of photos from the day in the Gallery section below, and a news article here https://www.harrowrec.org.uk/news

    But, as if we needed an excuse to enjoy our park in the summer, more entertainment is on the way. Sunday July 3rd marks the start of the 2022 “Music in the Park” programme, running through July and August.  More details in the events section below, and on our “Friends…” Facebook group.

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Who We Are

    The Harrow Recreation Ground Users Association (HRUA) is a voluntary group of park users who organise around 10 free events in ‘Harrow 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.

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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.

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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 10:00 to 11:00 near the Tennis Courts or on the Basketball Court);
  • and Harrow Health Walk (Tuesdays 10.30 meet at Hindes Road Entrance).
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Get Involved

    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- Spring/Summer 2022

    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 2022...

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

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July & August

Music in the Park, 2022 Programme

    Fancy a lazy Sunday afternoon in the park?  Bring a picnic, or just sit back and enjoy the entertainment brought to you by a range of local musicians and bands.

    Selected Sundays from 1.30 until 4.30.  See our facebook group for dates and details.

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Monthly, Throughout the Year
 - first Monday, 2pm
 - fourth Friday, 2pm 

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!