Clifton Playing Fields & Skatepark
Clifton Playing Fields is a Green Flag award winning site that covers 20 hectares. It is mainly an outdoor sports site, with 2 grass cricket pitches, 11 adult football pitches, 5 tennis courts, a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), an all weather floodlit pitch and 2 bowling greens. A new skatepark and BMX track have also recently been opened.
- Opening Times
- Site Facilities
- Green Flag Award
- Skatepark & BMX Track
- Educational and Activities
- Site Management
Clifton Playing Fields also boasts an indoor sports 'barn' and other rooms that can be hired out to the public along with changing rooms and toilets. The park lies at the southern most edge of the Nottingham city.
8.00am (Weekdays), 9:00am (Weekends), please click here for closing times
- Disability Access (Limited access within buildings)
- Dogs Welcome - please use bins provided for waste
- On site parking
- Wildlife Areas
- Public Transport
- Skatepark & BMX Track
- Tennis Courts
- MUGA (Multi Use Game Area)
- Indoor Sports Hall
- Ice Cream and Lite Bite Refereshments (Seasonal). Vending Machine also available inside the pavilion.
- Walk in the Park route
Clifton Estate was laid out as part of the large urban development constructed by the City of Nottingham in the wake of the City's severe post war housing shortage. This led to the construction of over 5,500 new homes to the south of the city on land purchased from the Clifton family that had previously fallen within the boundaries of Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Construction of the estate started in 1952 and the laying out of the first areas of open space was started soon after; two major parks were planned as well as numerous smaller local open spaces and play areas that were to be contained within the various neighbourhoods.
20 hectares of land were set aside to create Clifton Playing Fields, which was the first of the two major parks completed and was laid out primarily for sport and recreation, a role it keeps to this day. The official opening of the Playing Fields and Pavilion took place on May 1st 1963 by Councillor N W Crammond; a plaque can be seen within the buildings commemorating this event.
Clifton Playing Fields has successfully been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the year 2011/2012. For more information on the Green Flag Award click here.
The Skatepark and BMX track was completed in September 2011 and has been very popular since! The Skatepark was designed by Maverick, however a user group of local people were involved in influencing and making changes to the design, to ensure it met the needs of the local skateboarders and BMXers.
The Skatepark includes a large number of features including a 'Broadmarsh Banks' style wide hip, flatbanks, ledges, quarterpipes, bowls and a vert pool. Not only has the Skatepark been recognised local, it is also attracting visitors both regionally and nationally.
The BMX pump track was designed by Dirtworks, and again the user group were involved in making changes to the final design. Although the BMX track has been constructed on a small area, approximately 30 metres by 15 metres, it has been well received by uses and allows riders of all abilities to try out new things.
Currently the site only tends to hold large events such as Picnic in the Park and Sports Tounaments, and smaller indoor events such as birthday parties. With refurbishments to the building, and other proposed developments to the site, we are looking to increase the use of the site for local events.
With the expansion of the Ranger Service, development of on site staff and the new education pack, there will be increased opportunities for local schools to undertake educational activities on site. For more information please see the Park Rangers web page.
Health walks are perfect for anyone who wants to be more active, discover more about where to walk or enjoy the variety of urban parks in Nottingham city.
These walking routes offer you the opportunity to improve both physical and mental wellbeing in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. The walks also enable people to discover more about Nottingham's parks, local history and wildlife.
Clifton Playing Fields has a detailed management plan which is created and implemented by the Parks and Open Spaces Team.
If you would like to comment on how well you feel your park or open space is being managed and maintained then please click here and record your opinion using GreenSTAT.
Vehicular access is off of the A453 then onto Farnborough Road. Pedestrian access is via entrances at Farnborough Road, Green Lane and Silverdale Walk. The site entrance is visible next to the neighbouring allotments.
Farnborough Road, Nottingham NG11 8JU