If you want general information about Spencer Park (location map, transport) click here.
Resurfacing the old tennis courts
Work to resurface the old tennis courts, repair the concrete walls and erect handrails where necessary is nearing completion. Funds for playground markings are being sought, and we plan to have to playground markings in place by the late summer/early autumn. Lots of people have contributed ideas about what theses markings should look like and we will try to incorporate as many of these as possible. A football pitch has been ruled out. Also remember that nothing can penetrate the surface because of the asbestos underneath.
Tennis courts now open (from April 1st 2017)
To book courts during the open season, click on the ‘Tennis’ tab under the ‘Events’ tab, or click here.
Gardening in the park
Regular gardening sessions on the first Saturday morning of each month from 10-12. Volunteers always welcome.
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Following the success of last year’s Big Lunch, this will take place again on Sunday 18th June (time to be confirmed).
Teddy Bear’s Picnic with Rotary International
This event will take place on Thursday 22nd June from 15.00 to 17.00. Further details will be available here in due course.
News from earlier events
Tennis and Bowls Open Day
Free taster sessions for tennis and bowls were held in the park on Saturday 6th May 2017.
The Friends of Spencer Park shared a stall with the Albany Bowling Club at the Earlsdon Festival on Monday 1st May 2017.
Easter Egg Hunt
An Easter Egg Hunt was held in the park from on Wednesday 12th April 2017
Spring in Spencer Park and Recreation Ground
The photo below shows children from Earlsdon School looking at the crocuses they planted in the Autumn as they come into bloom.
Events last year
Bands in the Park – Beautiful Sound and the Housemartins Sunday August 28th
Family Fun Day in Spencer Park Sunday August 14th
There were games to play; hook a duck; tennis tournament; nerf guns; treasure hunt; penalty shootout; cake sale; cricket; face painting; book sale and lots of fun.
Saturday April 30th
The Friends of Spencer Park Community Tennis Club was launched at the Earlsdon Festival. Taster sessions for bowling and tennis were held as well as lots of children’s activities. We also had our Festival stall in the High Street on Monday May 2nd. Club members will pay £25 per family for the summer’s tennis, which they can access with a code number. We hope to set up an online booking system. We also hope to set up some Saturday coaching sessions as we did last summer.
Friday March 25th 2016
Our Easter egg hunt on Good Friday was very successful with 81 children attending. Now that the weather is improving and the evenings are longer the children’s playground is proving to be very popular with younger children and their families. The Crown Green bowling group is flourishing and plans for the Flat Green are underway. It is good to see the park being used by a wide variety of groups.
Events in 2015
Monday December 21st 2015
The official opening of the new playground in the park was performed by the mayor, Michael Hammond, at 10.30 a.m. on Monday Dec. 21st.
Sunday 21st June 2015
Everyone enjoyed The Dene River Jazzmen today at Spencer Park. The next Bands in the Park session at Spencer Park will be on Sunday July 19th. The Friends of Spencer Park served hot and cold drinks and home made cakes which were much appreciated. We will be serving them again on the 19th. The pavilion is currently closed and unstaffed so volunteers have provided the refreshments. The petition is being presented tomorrow so we will then have a better idea about how much we will be expected to do to keep activities at the park going.
The petition against the cuts to staffing the pavilion was presented to the Council on June 21st. We should soon have a better idea what the council plans to do about the pavilion and the consequent closure of the tennis courts
Saturday June 6th 2015
About 150 people attended the Big Lunch in Spencer Park on Sunday. It was a lovely sunny day and a great opportunity for neighbours to get together. The Tennis coaching was enjoyed by adults and children as well as the Crown Green Bowling. Thanks to Inspire to Coach and the Bowls group. Children enjoyed the Treasure hunt and just playing in the park. The afternoon was completed with parachute games provided by The Woodcraft Folk.
Monday May 4th 2015
Friends of Spencer Park had a successful stall at the Earlsdon Festival. Apart from fund raising we collected a lot more signatures for the anti cuts petition and spread the word about the problems faced by the park.
Saturday May 2nd 2015
To coincide with the Earlsdon Festival, a morning of gardening and an afternoon of activities was held in Spencer Park. The gardens are looking splendid as the Spring flowers come into bloom.
Activities in the afternoon included bowls, tennis, games for the little ones and an introduction to Kan Jam. Despite the cool weather the afternoon was enjoyed by all who participated.
Saturday April 4th 2015
Twenty children came to the Easter egg hunt with their parents and grandparents. They followed clues around the park and on completion were given an Easter egg and a bubble tub. Then they helped plant primroses and wild flower seeds. The garden is looking really colourful and has benefitted from all the work put in by the Friends over the winter.
Saturday February 21st 2015
A protest march against the cuts took place at Millennium Square by the Transport Museum. There has been a one year reprieve for the libraries but no mention of the other proposed cuts including local parks such as Spencer Park. The council want Friends Groups to take over the running of the parks. They do not plan to staff the Spencer Park pavilion so there will be no one to open the tennis courts which will remain closed. They have already stopped cutting the flat bowling green so that will soon be unusable despite the increased use.
Events in 2014
Sunday June 1st 2014 (Big Lunch)
Friends of Spencer Park organised the Big Lunch in Spencer Park. A good time was had by all and the weather was kind to us. ChIldren enjoyed the tennis, the egg and spoon race and other activities. The bowling was popular with adults. Our thanks go to Karen Berry for organising the day, to the Woodcraft Folk for running parachute games and to all those who helped out. It was good to see so many families enjoying the park.
Monday May 5th 2014 (Earlsdon Festival)
We had a stall at the Earlsdon Festival on Bank Holiday Monday selling plants and children’s books. The tombola was very popular.
Saturday May 3rd 2014 (Tennis and Bowls taster sessions)
In the morning children and adults cleared lots of weeds in the garden which is maturing well and looking good. In the afternoon Inspire2Coach led free tennis coaching sessions and the Albany Crown Green bowling team ran free 30 minute bowling sessions which proved very popular and introduced 20 new players to crown bowls (see Albany Crown Green bowling club Facebook pages).
Tuesday April 24th 2014 (Snowdrop planting)
A group of volunteers planted snowdrop bulbs on the Recreation Ground.
Tuesday April 15th 2014 (Cowslip planting)
Children and adults planted cowslips in the park. The children also participated in a very successful Easter egg hunt using clues around the park (see picture on the Friends of Spencer Park Facebook page).
Friday February 21st 2014 (Build a bug hotel)
A group of young children constructed a bug hotel under the supervision of the Ranger Trevor Robinson.
Events in 2013
Saturday Sept 7th 2013 (Family Fun in the Park)
Young children and their parents and grandparents who attended the activities and games organized by the Friends of Spencer Park had a very enjoyable afternoon. The activities were run by young people from the Real Challenge Project and included face painting, hook a duck, chucking wet sponges at the victim in the stocks and splatting the rat. There was also a tombola and a cake stall. Pru Poretta and Kushmika Chatterjee told dramatic stories which enthralled their audience. The afternoon’s activities provided a focus for children and adults to meet neighbours and friends in the community. It was great to see so many local people using the park. It also gave us an opportunity to consult with children about their preferences for a play area and to inform everyone about the progress of our funding bids.
The face painting was a great hit!
Saturday June 2nd 2013 – ‘Big Lunch’
A good time was had by all at the Big Lunch in Spencer Park, organised by NENA and the Friends of Spencer Park. There were plenty of activities for adults and children and the lovely weather certainly helped!
This was one of a number of similar events across the area. the Coventry Evening Telegraph has some good photo coverage of the Spencer Park Big Lunch. Click here to link to their photos and see if you can spot yourself at the event!
We were able to carry on out consultation with users of the park to find out how they feel it could be improved. Representatives will be at their stall at the Bands in The Park on Sunday 30th June 1.30 – 3.00 pm to hear your views.