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King George Recreation Ground

Last Modified December 22, 2014

Welcome to King George Recreation GroundKing George Recreation Ground celebrated 100 years in 2012 and is the main park in Bushey.

It has received a Green Flag Award, recognising park excellence, every year since 1999.

Park history

 Summer crowd in 1950s



The park opened in 1912 to commemorate the coronation of King George V and in 1926 the park was extended to its current size and it is still possible to make out the three fields and associated boundaries which make up the park area. Historically, the park once lay within the manor of Bushey and was farmland used for pasture and arable. In the mid-19th century all the fields were used as meadow for animal grazing and a hay crop. There is evidence of ridge and furrow in the middle field clearly showing that arable crops were grown here between the 11th and 16th centuries.

Following the decline of the park up to 1980s, £350,000 was spent refurbishing the ground between 1997 and 2000 and this investment is still ongoing. Our centenary leaflet has more information.

The Friends of King George Recreation Ground were established by the active involvement of the residents of Bushey who continue to ensure that the site is well-managed and available for the enjoyment of everyone.

To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Hertsmere Borough Council's Silver Jubilee, a time capsule was buried in the park in the summer of 2002. Local school children chose the contents of the capsule to signify what 2002 meant to them.

King George Recreation Ground in the frostEvents

A number of events are held in the park every year. These include a funfair, teddy bears' picnic, dog show, Easter egg hunt, music and more. Events are run on our behalf by Hertsmere Leisure





Where can I find it?

King George Avenue
WD23 4NT

There are also entrances off Catsey Way, Chiltern Avenue, Coombe Road, Pasture Close and Perry Mead.

What does it offer?

  • Art sculptures Meadow view
  • Bowling Club
  • Café - for more details see below
  • Car parks - off King George Avenue and Chiltern Avenue
  • Community workdays
  • Footpath network
  • Friends group
  • Green Flag Award
  • Interpretation panels
  • Litter bins
  • Meadow area
  • Multi-sports area
  • Open grassland
  • Paddling pool
  • Picnic area
  • Play area
  • Sandpit
  • Seating
  • Tennis courts - four county standard
  • Toilets (see below for opening times)
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Sculptures

Opening hours


CafeKing George Cafe

La Dolce Vita Café is run independently from the council and serves light refreshments. For further details contact Oriana and Paolo on 07963 952340

Car parks

April to May - 8am to 7pm
June to September - 8am to 9pm
October to March - 8am to 4pm

Paddling pool (for under 8s only) and sand pit
Open from the last bank holiday in May to early September. The pool re-opened this year with new regulations in place. Please note new session times have been introduced to help control numbers in hot weather.
Monday - 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday to Sunday - 11.30am to 5pm
The Paddling pool closed for the season on Sunday 7 September 2014.

Tennis courts and multi sports courts
April to May - 8am to 7pm
June to September - 8am to 9pm
October to March - 8am to 4pm

Block bookings for the tennis courts can be made in advance for a fee, otherwise the courts are free for use on a first come, first served basis. In busy times we ask that people respect other users and restrict their games to one hour only. To book call us on Freephone 0800 731 1810.

24 May to early September (date tbc) - 8am to 6.30pm
Mid September to mid May - 8am to 3.30pm


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