Attractions/Leisure - Parks and Open Spaces
The District Council is responsible for a variety of attractive parks and open spaces in the area, each with its own character and distinctiveness. Some, such as The Mansion Gardens, are quiet places for rest and recuperation. Others are busy recreation grounds for more formal sports and activities, for example Fortyfoot Recreation Ground. Yet others are extensive areas of parkland, notably Ashtead Park. Park Gardens provides an attractive setting of open space, formal and informal planting for the parish church in Leatherhead.
The open spaces are a mixture of the formal and the informal, some valuable as space for play equipment and gardens, others providing habitats that are important for wildlife. All the local communities in the Leatherhead area are well served by open spaces and they add significantly to the quality of life of local people and visitors as well as contributing to the distinctiveness of the local environment.