Friends of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field


2017 Dog Show

We hope to see lots of our canine friends and their owners at Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field at 2pm on Sunday 14 May 2017. Registration from 1pm.

There are categories for everyone,

  • Waggiest tail
  • Best Trick
  • Dog most like their owner
  • Egg and Spoon race (where you have to loop your lead loosely over the arm that's holding the egg and spoon)
  • Cutest Puppy
  • Golden Oldie
  • Best Irish Brace (mismatched pair, e.g. Great Dane and chihuahua)
  • Divinest Dog
  • If you can, please register in advance at the Park Vet website

£5 entrance fee payable on the day

Splash Pad update

Following on from the success of the Splash Dance, we were thrilled to hear that a private benefactor has been impressed with the community backing of the campaign and has pledged a substantial 50,000 towards completion of the project in 2018.

Join in the Splash Dance!

Loads of families had a great time in March when local West End Choreographer, Lizzi Gee got everyone taking part in a "Splash Dance" in the (currenly empty) paddling pool to rasie awareness for our campaign to save the paddling pool by raising funds to install a Spalsh Pad to replace it.

You can find out more and learn the dance on the park's Splash Pad Appeal page on Facebook

Paddling Pool Closure

Much enjoyed for many years, the paddling pool at Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field is to close.

There are two Splash Pads - water play zones that kids love - in Merton. There are plans to create a third, final one. We would really like it to be in OUR park.

Please sign the petition that has been set up to help us show the Council that our park is the right place for the new Spash Pad to be.

Please sign the petition now

The current paddling pool has been in place since the 1930s' and opens six weeks of the year during the school summer holidays. The council cannot continue to maintain this facility in the long term due to its high running costs which can run upwards of 10,000 per year.

Friends of the Park are pleading with Merton council who are responsible for the existing paddling pool, to keep it open for one more year (2016) whilst they try to raise funds of 270,000 to replace the pool. The council are backing the project and say they will donate 10% of the funds if the remainder can be raised.

The Splash Pad has been fully costed and surveyed and would be ready to be built on receipt of the funds. The new Splash Pad would be more efficient, cleaner, safer and benefit from a remote facility to turn the water jets on giving the community more flexibility of opening times

Join Us

Many thanks to all of you who support the Friends. If you would like to join please click here to download a membership form.

Being a member doesn't mean you have to do anything more to support the Friends if you don't want to. All we ask is for your membership for a fee of just 5 per family for lifetime membership.

Joining the Friends shows that the park is a resource you value and helps us to demonstrate how important the park is to the community, especially when local authority financing is under strain, as it is now.

Simply click here to download a membership form. Many thanks for supporting the Friends!







Friends Committee

The Mayor meets young Friends