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Snaprails Park is an attractive 3.5-hectare Green Flag awarded park located to the west of Owlsmoor in Sandhurst. The park provides an important recreation area as well as a through route for many local residents.
Facilities and key features
The facilities and key features of Snaprails Park are:
- open grassy areas, a stream and pond and native woodland
- children’s play area suitable for toddlers and juniors
- picnic benches and seating areas
- three new footbridges, which enable access to the island over the lake
- a new living willow tunnel created in the Secret Garden
- a cycle way that passes through the central part of the site, linking Wellington Road with Sandhurst Sports Centre
- a selection of ornamental trees
The current site reflects the grounds of the 19th century house that was once situated here and the park lodge still stands at the end of the main drive. The original resident of Snaprails House was a keen plant collector and landscaper and today the park benefits from a range of mature trees and ornamental shrubs such as giant redwood, swamp cypress, a tulip tree and three large wellingtonias.
In 1934, during the Second World War, Frederic Robinson, the then owner, invited local children to visit for boat rides after having tea parties at the Working Men’s Club on Wellington Road.
The house and grounds fell into disrepair after the Second World War and the site was sold for development in the 1970s, with Snaprails Park and the bulk of the surrounding estates created in the 1980s. The park was transferred into the ownership of Bracknell Forest Borough Council and opened to the public in 1985. Much has been done since then to make this site an attractive place for local residents.
How to get there
Parking is available on the surrounding streets, with a small lay-by at the end of Evenlode Way. The nearest main car park is at Sandhurst Memorial Park, located off Yorktown Road, GU47 9BJ.
The main pedestrian entrance to Snaprails Park is off Wellington Road, which links Little Sandhurst with the A321 Yorktown Road.
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