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King George Recreation Ground

Last Modified January 24, 2017

Welcome to King George Recreation GroundKing George Recreation Ground 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. 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 was 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 Lane, Chiltern Avenue, Coombe Road, Pasture Close and Perry Mead.

What does it offer?

  • Art sculptures Meadow view
  • Bowling Club
  • Café (see below for more details)
  • 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 (see below for more details)
  • Picnic area
  • Play area
  • Sandpit
  • Seating
  • Tennis courts - four county standard
  • Toilets (see below for opening times)
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Sculptures


CafeKing George Cafe

The Café is run independently from the council and serves a full range of refreshments.  Following a full refurbishment the new vendors have opened the cafe for drinks and snacks with hot food available from Saturday 14 November.

Current opening times are from 08:30 until 17:30.  





Car parks

Opening times are:

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

20160707 General View of Pool

The pool is now closed for the season.

Monday - 1pm to 5pm
Tuesday to Sunday - 11.30am to 5pm

The pool regulations remain in place. Please note due to the limited size of the pool, new session times have been introduced to help control numbers in hot weather.

  • 11:30am-12:30pm (wristbands available 11am) - except Monday
  • 1pm-2pm (wristbands available 12:30pm)
  • 2:30pm-3:30pm (wristbands available 2pm)
  • 4pm-5pm (wristbands available 3:30pm)


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.


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


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