The Council looks after and is responsible for a number of formal amenity areas, public open spaces, playgrounds, allotments etc. throughout the Town:-
- Fawcetts Field Sports Ground, Christchurch Road, primarily used for football although it also has a grass running track and a custom built trim trail on the site. The “Wessex Pitch” is used by the Lymington and New Milton Football Club, who play in the Wessex League. Several other football pitches are available for hire by the public and this is a popular and well used site. The site has a pavilion, changing rooms and a social club.
- Ashley Sports Ground, Ashley Road, which is used for Rugby with a very substantial mini-football contingent also. Again considerable numbers of adults and children use this facility and the site has a pavilion, changing rooms and a social club.
- Fernhill Sports Ground, Fernhill Lane, our newest facility having been opened in July 2002, which has been provided for Cricket. The first full cricket season will be 2003 and it is hoped to develop the site further with a second phase for all-weather pitches and possibly a rifle range. The site has a pavilion, changing rooms and a social club.
- The Council is responsible for the “Recreation Ground” which is right in the centre of the town and has a children’s playground, tennis courts, a skateboard park, a basketball square and indoor and outdoor bowling greens. This site was formerly the pitch for the town’s football team before Fawcetts Field became available.
- The Town Council also has 5 allotment sites in the Town with over 100 plots available. However there is a 1 to 2 year waiting list, depending on site (these are located at Upper, Middle and Lower Ashley, Lymington Road and Becton Lane). The Council looks after the allotments generally, being responsible for the administration, collecting the deposits and rents, carrying out inspections every 6 weeks and ensuring the plots are actively cultivated and kept in reasonable order.
- There are also a significant number of public open spaces and other amenity spaces in and around the town that the Council are responsible for including children’s playgrounds in Ashley and off of Stem Lane and a kick-about area off of Hollands Wood Drive. Added to this are the public open spaces at Ballard Lake, Barton Common, Longmeadow and a host of shrubberies and flowerbeds.
- There are approximately 300 commemorative public seats throughout the town, mostly on or near the clifftop at Barton which have been paid for by individuals, families and/or groups in memory of relations or societies or to commemorate special events.