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Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields

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Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field (not to be confused with Joseph Hood Recreation Ground) is one of Merton's 13 Elite Sports Grounds and situated in Motspur Park, off Marina Avenue. The 13-hectare recreation ground provides facilities mainly for organised sports and games.


Opening hours

The locking process normally begins around sunset and takes some hours to complete. You should leave the park at dusk to avoid being locked inside the park.

Monday - Friday8 AMDusk
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays9 AMDusk


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Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Field is located off Marina Avenue, Motspur Park in West Barnes Ward on the southwest border of Merton and the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. The main entrance to the Playing Field is to the north of the site off Marina Avenue. There are two pedestrian entrances on the eastern boundary of the playing field towards the Morden Crematorium and Cemetery and one on the southern boundary.


  • Train: Motspur Park Station (3 minutes walk)
  • Buses: K5


London Parks & Gardens Trust - Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields


Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields plan

Maintenance plan of Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields

Management plan

Sir Joseph Hood Management Plan 2005 - 2015

Conservation management plans

Conservation Management Plan for Sir Joseph Hood Memorial Playing Fields

Map of compartments

Map of habitats

Map of management

Disposal of land

We intend to grant a lease of the land shown on the plans and for the purpose specified in the notice.

Notice of disposal of land (August 2019)

Plans for disposal of land (August 2019)

Friends group

Friends of Sir Joseph Hood MPF website


Permissive footpath

At the top of the site is a permissive footpath that is required to be closed for a 24 hour period in order to maintain access rights for its users. This closure usually occurs towards the end of December to minimise disruption. A notice will be placed on the gate advising users prior to the closure. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Contact us

Leisure and Culture Services
8th Floor
Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Telephone: 020 8545 3678 or 020 8545 3930
Fax: 020 8545 3237