- Public Realm
Shortly after the end of the First World War in 1921, the local community raised the funds to purchase the land for the Memorial Gardens, so that it could be kept as a public recreation ground, in memory of those who lost their lives during the Great War. The epitaph gates at the top end of the park list those members of the community that lost their lives. The Memorial Gardens are now held in Trust by Crawley Borough Council.
In September 2019, work on a new play area in the gardens commenced. The existing play area site will be closed over the autumn/winter period to complete the full restoration of the area, with the new play space expected to open in early 2020.
The project, part funded by County Mall, includes the restoration and re-homing of the Queen’s Mosaic which was previously in Queens Square, to the new picnic area. The picnic area will also feature a new water bottle filling station. The new play area will have 15 pieces of new equipment including a wheelchair swing.
Built in 1891, the bandstand first stood at Gatwick race course. In 1948 it was sold to Crawley Development Corporation for £60.
In 2018, the bandstand was removed from Queens Square, refurbished and relocated in Memorial Gardens where it stands today as a focal point for concerts, events and community use.