Playing Field

Great Maplestead's Playing Field, owned and operated by the Parish Council, is dedicated as an Open Space for the enjoyment of parishioners and others;

A major £93,000 re-development of the Playing Field and its facilities, to improve this valuable asset for the benefit of the whole community, is currently being undertaken. Full details of this ambitious project, the reasons behind it and a financial breakdown [as at April 2022] can be found here.

If, after reading the linked document, you would like to make a comment or offer feedback on the Development Project, please download and complete this form and either e-mail it to the Parish Clerk or deliver by hand to New House, St Giles' Close.

Financial donations and community support are a prerequisite if this project is to succeed. 

Tenders were invited for:

      • Clearance of the existing playground and preparatory groundworks.
      • The supply and installation of new children’s playground equipment
      • The supply and installation of a new access for all perimeter pathway and exercise track.

The Tender Document can be downloaded or viewed here. The tender process is now closed and a decision on the preferred supplier will be made on 10th July.

Summary of Conditions of Playing Field Use:

All users must respect the Playing Field and the surrounding area and cause no damage to trees, the car park, recycling bins, hedges, fences, furniture, the Children’s Play Area or the pitches.

Playing Field

      Activities Permitted:

Activities NOT Permitted:


        Children’s games


        Ball games (except golf and organised football team games)   

        Small informal gatherings

        Casual games

        Formalised games (but only with prior Council permission*)

        Organised events (but only with prior Council permission*)

        Dog walking (Note: see General Conditions below)

Car driving/motorcycle riding

Golf practice of any kind

Ground based fires or barbecues

Flying of powered model aircraft

Bonfires and/or firework displays

Horse riding, shooting or archery

Music concerts

Overnight parking and camping (without Council permission*)

ANY that are dangerous, noxious, offensive, illegal or immoral


*Permission requests must be made to the Parish Clerk.


Children's Play Area

Small children should be supervised by an adult at all times.

No dogs, bicycles, glass or alcohol are permitted within the Play Area.

Any dangerous or misuse of the Play Area, or damage to its equipment, should be reported to the Council immediately.

The latest RoSPA Play Safety Inspection Report can be viewed here.


Users of the Playing Field and the Children’s Play Area are requested to:

    • leave their cars in the designated car park
    • take litter home with them (or use the litter bins provided)
    • most importantly, show consideration for neighbouring residents

Dog walkers must:

    • keep their dogs under close control at all times
    • put them on a lead while in the vicinity of children or when any formalised games/organised events are taking place
    • bag dog fæces immediately and put the bag in the dog waste bin provided.


Full Terms & Conditions for both Casual and Organised Use of the Playing Field can be found here.