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Martens Grove Park

Martens Avenue, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 6AB

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Introduction

  • Services / facilities within the grounds include children's playground, multi-use games area, cycle/skateboard park.
  • Comments View
    • Martens Grove Park is an area of mature woodland and grassland within a steep-sided valley.
    • The park is bounded by Martens Avenue to the south and Stevens Road and Oakwood Drive to the north. There are entrances to the park on all sides.
    • The children's playground is accessible from the nearest entrance on Martens Avenue.
    • Disabled visitors may also be able to access areas of parkland from each of the entrances.
    • However, the ball court/ cycle park is in the lowest part of the valley and may be harder to access due to long/ steep slopes or steps.
    • Routes across the park are likely to be inaccessible to most wheelchair users, even with assistance, due to the very long moderate-steep slopes on the paths.
    • The photographs show the woodland area to the north of the park and the cycle track.

Opening Times

  • The park is generally unfenced and is open 24 hours per day.
  • There is some street lighting on the path and steps from Martens Avenue to Stevens Road/ Oakwood Drive.

Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town.
  • This venue is situated in Bexleyheath.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Barnehurst.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • Public Car Parks. View
    • There is not a car park for public use within 200m (approx).
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details. View
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are not available.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments View
    • There is generally unrestricted on-street parking in the roads surrounding the park.
    • The section of Martens Avenue next to the playground entrance is within a residents' parking zone that is restricted 14:00-15:00 Monday - Friday.

Martens Avenue Entrance for Playground

  • This entrance is located on Martens Avenue, opposite Sevenoaks Close.
  • There is 133cm (4ft 4in) between the bollards at the entrance.
  • There is a firm tarmac path from this entrance to the playground.
  • The path has an slight slope.

Access Point (Playground Gate)

  • Access Point View
    • This information is for the access point located at the playground entrance from Martens Avenue.
    • There is step-free access at this access point.
    • There is a gate which opens away from you (push).
    • The gate is difficult to open.
    • The width of the gap is 108cm.
  • Comments View
    • There is an identical gate on the opposite side of the playground which opens onto an unmade path.
    • There are steps and uneven ground here (photograph 2).

Playground

  • The playground has an easy - moderate slope across the area with some localised unevenness where the tarmac surface meets the rubber safety flooring around the equipment.
  • There is playground equipment for all ages of children.
  • Equipment which may be suitable for children with disabilities includes an accessible roundabout, supportive swing seat (without harness) and puzzle table.

Martens Avenue Entrance - opposite Park Grove

  • This entrance is located opposite Park Grove.
  • There is 133cm (4ft 4in) between the bollards at the entrance.
  • The tarmac path leading from this entrance has some steep sections on the route into the valley, without level resting places.
  • There is a barrier part way along which has an opening width of 150cm.

Martens Avenue Entrance - opposite Grove Road

  • The opening at this entrance is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • There are some steep slopes on the path into the valley towards the cycle track and ball court.

Steven Road Entrance

  • The gate at this entrance is held open.
  • The opening is 90cm (2ft 11in) wide.
  • There are slight slopes on the paths between this entrance and the Oakwood Drive entrance, which also lead to the steps or long slope into the valley.

Oakwood Drive Entrance

  • The entrance is located at the end of Oakwood Drive cul-de-sac.
  • The paths from this entrance are initially tarmac but become unmade and uneven and have some steep slopes into the park.

Spring Vale Entrance

  • This entrance is at the bend in the road on Spring Vale, off Pinnacle Hill.
  • There is an open access point with a clear width of 100cm.
  • There is a steep tarmac path which leads down to the valley at the centre of the park, near the cycle track.
  • There is a barrier with a opening of 150cm on the route.

Level Change (Around the Park)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located from the north of the park into the valley.
  • There is/are 60+ step(s) to the area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Comments View
    • There are two sets of steps from the central valley of the park to the north side.
    • The steps can be bypassed using the sloping path. The path is very long and does not have level resting places.

BMX/Skate Park and Multi-Use Games Area

  • The BMX/skate park and multi-use games area are in the centre of the park at the bottom of the valley.
  • The nearest park entrances are from Martens Avenue, using paths which have some steep sections.
  • There is step-free access into the area, with a gate 100cm wide which is held open when in use.
  • There is a beginners' area, with the larger BMX/skate track at the far end of the area.
  • The multi-use ball court is also marked out with a 'road' layout for cycle skills training.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • There are bench seats within the playground and one on the grassed area at the centre of the park.