The Riverside Park which incorporates the old Millfields games pitches, stretches from a few hundred yards west of Foundry Lane (where the road runs down to the marina) to Remembrance Avenue in the east.
The north of Riverside Park is bordered by Foundry Lane, and then the housing along Fairway Drive and the bottom of Fernlea and Park roads.
This connects, via a wooden bridge over a stream, to the second play area near Remembrance Avenue.
The park features the Dengie Hundred Sports Centre (a large red-roofed building with a dramatic curved roof) which includes a gym and variety of indoor sports.
There is a skatepark with all-weather courts, all-weather shelters, a BMX track (in need of refurbishment), a soccer/rugby pitch, a cricket pitch which is connected to the Dengie Hundred Sports Centre, and a one-mile trim trail. There is also a grafitti wall for general use near the skatepark.
It also features a small stream which feeds some reedbeds in the centre of the park. But please don’t go in the water – the wildlife there won’t appreciate it, and it is pretty stinky.
The large, L-shaped plateau east of the marina is made from the silt and clay excavated to create the Yacht Harbour in the 1980s. Here you can sit on memorial benches, listen to the birds and wildlife and enjoy the stunning view down to the river.
The park’s southern border is West Quay, which features a beacon which is often lit for town events such as Trafalgar Day and Jubilee celebrations.
You can walk to Creeksea from Riverside Park via Foundry Lane and a path that runs beside the railway line – a 20 minute walk. If you fancy a longer stroll, you can reach Creeksea via the Marina – which has a public right of way through it to the seawall, which is bordered with saltings and affords fine views over the Crouch.
The Park is owned by Maldon District Council and a volunteer group, called the Riverside Park Task Force help look after it.
Parking & toilets in Riverside Park
For information about toilets in Riverside Park, click here.