Ravenhill Park is very popular with the local community, its approximatly 1.5 miles out of the Rugeley Town centre
The park is one of contrasting topography, fronted by the main A51 Brereton road and backed by the Armitage Road [A513], with allotments to the one side and housing estaets [Garden Drive and Ashtree Bank] to the remaining side.
The park has within its fenced surroundings of 8.06 hectares a number of facilities and features which include;
A fenced play site, recently totally refurbished in summer 2018 by the Brereton Million [see below for more detail] and the filtered paddling pool refurbished in 2012 which opens in the summer holidays [ The Council are presently carrying out maintenance work on the pool with the opening in mid-May and closing last weekend in September 2019]
The building on the right as you enter thesite from the main road is the sites pavillion, which is managed by the Brereton Town Council [who also manages the tennis courts] the remaing building as you enter the car park is the Brereton Football Club house.
The landscpe features of the park are the running track that surrounds the footbal pitch, we also have seasonal bedding displays along with number of woodland trees and some very veteran trees that dominate the landscape.
The park has also been awarded the prestigious "Green Flag" award from 2009 up to the present date of 2019.
The park used to have a large house on the site and in 1915/19 during the great war, the house was utilised as a Red Cross Voluntary aid detachment hospital for military convalescents
1937 Then Rugeley Urban Distcrit Council purchased the Ravenhill House, a large road side residence that would have over looked what is now the play site in the park today. In total, the large grounds and adjoning fields totalled 32.72 acres and the cost was noted at £ 3,850.00 at the time it was anticipated to convert the house into a community facility.
1939-1945 The house continued its military links, where the house was used by the Military and the grounds were utilised for training.
1953 Ravenhill Park was opened
1962 The paddling pool and site toliets were added to the park, with the site landscaped to provide large open spaces for recreational use.
1966 Brereton Town Football Club were given permission to build a club house and changing rooms on the site.
1993 the house wasunfortunatly demolished in this year
2000/2001 The main building in thepark is the pavillion where the construction was funded in december 2000 by the Coal fields regional trust, Staffordshire enviromental funds and additional support from Biffa TXU euro power 2001
Ravenhill Park Play Area Refurbishment and Paddling Pool
Cannock Chase Council has been working with Brereton Millions on their project to upgrade the Play facilities at Ravenhill Park, Brereton. Brereton Millions/Support Staffordshire successfully secured Big Lottery Funding and procured a contractor, Playdale, to design and install the new equipment and a Project Manager to oversee its delivery. To enable works to start the Council granted them a license to occupy the park from 13 May when works began. Unfortunately these works necessitated the closure of the paddling pool for health and safety reasons and also prevented the Council from undertaking the remedial works until Brereton Millions completed their project.
In managing the project, Brereton Millions and their contractor experienced a number of issues which meant that the original planned date for completion of the play area and opening of the paddling pool, on the 19th July, was delayed by 4 weeks. The Contractor was still replacing equipment on the 16th August, 2 days before the rescheduled opening.
It is regrettable that these delays have meant that it was not possible to repair and repaint the paddling pool by the 18th August nor was it considered justifiable to spend money on these works given that the paddling pool would only be open for a couple of weeks and would close on 2nd September, for winter as usual.
Councilor Christine Mitchell, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Sport said “it is unfortunate that Support Staffordshire /Brereton Millions ran over on their project but we did point out to them at the very start of the project that they were refurbishing the play area at a busy time of the year which would affect the operation of the Paddling Pool. The paddling pool season runs from May until the end of August and if the Council had taken the site back as anticipated on the 19/7/18 it would have been possible to undertake the works and operate the pool for 4-5 weeks, however, the delay in the Play Area refurbishment has meant that that the Council only had a 2 week window to refurbish and operate the pool. We hope that the residents/Visitor to our Green Flag Park enjoy the refurbished play area”
Last Updated: 10/04/2019