CUSTOMER NOTICE: All our parks currently remain open however some of our facilities remain closed. Our tennis courts, basketball courts and multi use games areas are open and cafes are running a takeaway service. Public toilets are now open.
From Saturday 4 July – outdoor gyms, play areas and boulder park will re-open. Please read the guidance on using these facilities before visiting.
For updates please check COVID-19 Impact on Services. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Ray Park is a large park which boasts a vast expanse of green space. It benefits from a mature landscape and offers great space for dog walking and leisurely strolls through the park and along the River Roding which runs next to the park. Situated in a large residential area, the park is the hub, offering a variety of activities for families. It’s a great space for informal sport and has tennis courts and a full size football pitch. Our Nature Conservation Team (Nature Conservation page) are based at the James Leal Centre (James Leal Centre page) offering talks, events and information regarding nature and history. The Centre features a café which is a friendly local meeting place offering a selection of beverages and fresh food.
Activities at Ray Park
Orienteering is a great sport for runners, joggers and walkers who want to improve their navigation skills or for anyone who loves the outdoors. Use the maps to navigate the course at your own pace, maps cost £1 and are available from the James Leal Centre café.
James Leal Centre
The area as you approach the James Leal Centre is temporarily cordoned off with heras fencing for public safety. The centre itself remains open with access to the cafe and toilets from the rear of the building.
Barbecues are not permitted at any of our parks and open spaces.