Great Baddow Recreation Ground (locally known as Baddow Rec) can be accessed from Baddow Road or Buckleys. It is run Great Baddow Parish Council so doesn’t appear in the Chelmsford City Council parks list.
There are two completely separate play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children, you can’t see one from the other (unless you stand on tiptoes and look over the hedge) so it’s not great for multiple children of different ages. It’s a great park for younger children but the older children’s area isn’t brilliant. Older children would be better off at Hylands Park
The Younger Children’s Play Area
The younger children’s play area, which is aimed at under 6s, is great for toddlers and preschoolers. There are two climbing frames which have tunnels to climb through, slides to go down and bars to hang off. There are springers, a seesaw, baby swing and a full support swing. Most popular though is the Viking style long boat which kids love to use in their role play games. The surface is completely rubber with hop scotch marked out so safe and fun. There are a couple of benches for grown ups to have a rest on. The younger children’s playground at Baddow rec is completely enclosed so it’s easy to keep an eye on little ones.
The Older Children’s Play Area
The older children’s playground is on the other side of the hedge and isn’t enclosed, this can be an issue if your child is frightened of dogs as there’s nothing to stop them coming over. There is a piece of equipment that’s a bit like a zip wire but instead of sitting on it, you hold on with your hands. There is a basket swing, a swing you stand on to recreate skateboarding and a bank of regular swings. There’s also a seesaw that swings around as well as going up and down, which I find frankly terrifying! We usually find the kids get bored fairly quickly here. The surface is rubber matting and grass and gets quite muddy in the winter. A better park in the area for older children is Oaklands Park.
Other Facilities at Great Baddow Recreation Ground
There are facilities for football, tennis, cricket and bowls. There is also an outdoor gym and a basketball hoop. If you head down the hill you will reach Noakes Place where there are two ponds and a sensory garden. There are a bit neglected now but still pleasant to walk around.
There are no toilets at Great Baddow Recreation Ground. There is a car park with an overflow area, it sometimes gets busy when there is a lot of sports going on or if something is happening at the Millennium Community Centre but you can usually get a space.
The postcode for the car park is CM2 9RL, you can find more information on the Great Baddow Parish Council Website.