The estate is built on part of an old plantation dated from at least 300 years ago and there is still a small section of ancient woodland in the park. Its conversion to urban public park is quite recent – through the expansion of South Ockendon from the 1950’s, it is in the centre of a housing estate. The Park’s tarmac paths provide the ideal venue for local people to take a short, brisk health walk.
The park features are play area, ball court, outdoor gym, wildlife pond, mature oaks, wide open space. It is an unfenced site so access is good for all abilities. There is an active forum in the area, Friends of Dilkes park, who are responsible for fundraising and running events in the park from simple litter picks to music festivals.
Accessible at all times
Features of the park include:
- Site Area: 6.31 ha (15.6acres)
- Path Length: 1.5km
- Path Conditions: Fully Accessible – 1.5km
- Children’s Play Area: Yes, up to 16 years
- Outdoor Gym
- Dogs allowed
- Nearest Train/Tube: South Ockendon, 2km
- Nearest Bus: 10m
- Bus Number: Arriva 373, 269, 388, 389
- Site Management Organisation: Thurrock Council
- Phone: 01375 652955
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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