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Maurice Lea Memorial Park

Maurice Lea Memorial park was presented to the district by a local entrepreneur, Herbert Lea, in remembrance of his son Maurice Lea who was killed in France during the First World War. The park benefitted from 645,000 of Heritage Lottery Funding.

Maurice Lea Memorial Park


  • flat bowling green (available for hire April-September)
  • three tennis courts - available March-November (weather dependent) - play tennis for free
  • full size football pitch
  • basketball court
  • multi-use games area
  • an equipped play area
  • changing facilities
  • toilets
  • outdoor gym.


York Road
Church Gresley
DE11 9QG

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Opening times

The park is open all day every day. Please see the park attendant times below.


The Parklife Project is a funded project to develop physical activity in the urban core parks Eureka Park, Maurice Lea Memorial Park, Newhall Park and Swadlincote Woodlands. We are looking at providing a range of free or low cost activities using green space to attract more people into the parks, and to get them more involved in their development and management. The aim is to work across a multitude of teams and partners to deliver the project over a three year period.

We have a number of initiatives and ideas (some of which are from the public) that are in the process of being delivered or at planning stage. We have also delivered a number of consultation events on all the parks and are continuing to consult further with the public and attempting to reach every age group.

For further information contact the Parklife officer email: ; mobile: 07814 569370.

Community involvement

Community involvement is an essential part of our attempts to improve the quality of our urban parks. If you are interested in finding out more about getting involved with this park or other parks within the district, please contact us using the details below.

Park attendants

There are park attendants at Maurice Lea Memorial Park during the following times:

Park attendant times
Time of yearHours in attendance
Start of British Summer Time (BST) to 30 April10am to 7pm
1 May to 14 May10am to 8pm
15 May to 14 August10am to 9pm
15 August to 14 September10am to 8pm

15 September to end of British Summer Time (BST)

10am to 7pm

End of BST to start of BST10am to 4pm

Pay and play

At Maurice Lea Memorial Park it is possible to just turn up and pay on site for the use of certain facilities. Below is a schedule of prices for those facilities.

Bowling green (per hour)

Adult: 2.60
Concession: 1.50

Tennis court (per hour)

Tennis is now free to play from dawn to dusk. Bring your own equipment.

The hire of the football pitch must be done through the Council Offices.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Cultural Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595782
Fax: 01283 595720
Online: contact form

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Related documents

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