January 2024: A Happy New Year wish from your HRUA Committee.

    Thanks to all our AWARD-WINNING! members and volunteers for your support and participation in our events and activities last year, and for your invaluable help in looking after our park.

    We hope you have had an opportunity to rest and relax, and were able to spend some joyful time with family and friends over the holiday period.

    Your committee is busy planning our 2024 programme, so we look forward to  making new friends and welcoming old ones in 2024.

STOP PRESS!

Update on council works in the park - Sunday, 3rd March

    Harrow Rec car park will be closed from 7pm on Sunday 10th March for 2 weeks (or more depending on progress of work). This is to allow a new footpath to be made into the park, for the car park to be repaired and re-lined.

    *Any cars left in the car park overnight on Sunday 10th will be removed by Harrow Council on the folowing Monday*

    Morrisons (entry from Pinner Road) allow free parking for up to 2 hours and, apart from Roxborough Road and Hindes Road which are residents only, other local roads have unrestricted parking if you can find a space!

    We'll try to keep you informed you again if the car park will be closed beyond 23rd March.

Pinner Road Entrance Closure

    As mentioned previously, to facilitate work on repairing the cricket nets, the Pinner Road entrance is now closed for a few days.  Park users will be directed to the Roxborough Road Alley entrance, instead.

    Watch out on our FB group for other works updates.

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.

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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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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.

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Sunday, 5th May
12 - 3pm

Spring Plant Sale

    Our volunteers have been hard at work sowing, pricking-out, potting-on, and otherwise pottering in their greenhouses.

    Come over to the Green Canopy on Sunday, 5th of March to snap up the bargains - shrubs, bedding plants and vegetable plugs.

    Make sure you get there early, though - this is always a popular sale.

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Sunday, 12th May
10.30am to 12.30pm 

Spring Tree Walk with John Wells

    Join John - our expert dendrologist - for an enjoyable and educational stroll around our park - visiting some of the common and not-so-common trees.

   John is a popular guide, and a veritable fount of information, and he is always happy to answer any questions you may have about trees, moss, lichen and funghi.

    Meet at Hindes Road gate for the walk, and then afterwards, at the Seva Cafe, for more chat and a hot beverage.

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Sunday, 19th May
2pm to 4.30pm
 

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. 

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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 Friday,
10.45

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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