Recreation Grounds and Play Areas

Liss Parish Council has maintains three recreation grounds and the first section of the Riverside Walk which includes a picnic and play area.

 In looking to the future, Liss Parish Council committed in its 2022-23 Action Plan to work with partner organisations and local residents to develop and implement a village wide recreation strategy. Click here for a summary of the strategy for the village. 


West Liss Recreation Ground

West Liss Recreation Ground is a registered village green and a registered charity. LPC acts as a trustee and the ground is maintained by LPC Grounds staff and appointed contractors. West Liss Recreation Ground is also home to the new Liss Pavilion.

The ground is hired for football matches during the football season and other ad hoc events will be considered. For details on hiring the Football Pitch click here. There are two full size football goals and two smaller moveable goals which were installed in 2022 and have proved very popular with local children.

Thanks to funding from the South Downs National Park the children's play area was fully refurbished in August 2022. The design selected fully reflected feedback from local children and their parents and we hope they will enjoy using the facility that they have helped to bring into existence.

Bench and a tree by a field

Bench and a bin on a sunny field

children playing on play equipment

Liss Forest Recreation Ground

Liss Forest Recreation Ground is in the direct ownership of Liss Parish Council. It is maintained by LPC Grounds staff and appointed contractors. The Liss Forest Residents Association is very active and works with LPC where possible to enhance the leisure provision at the site.

There is a fenced play area for children as well as basketball net, a football pitch and a new Pétanque terrain opened in December 2020.



Newman Collard Playing Fields


The Newman Collard Playing Fields is managed by the Newman Collard Playing Fields Trust. The Trust was established in 1966 to manage the playing fields on behalf of LPC (LPC appoints three representatives to this Trust). Part of the playing fields is in direct ownership of LPC and the entire grounds are managed by LPC Grounds staff and appointed contractors.

The Newman Collard Playing Fields has three tennis courts, two football pitches, a pond and an extensive play area.

Working in partnership the Newman Collard Playing Fields Trust and Liss Parish Council completed a project which saw a complete overhaul of the existing play equipment at Newman Collard Playing Fields. The new play area was designed following input from local children with the ambition of creating a space for children of all ages and abilities and their families to enjoy. The new facilities opened to users in October 2017. 



gate and a beautiful garden

school children on a climbing frame

play equipment for older children

a pond with trees surrounding it

a park with a bench, some trees and a basketball hoop


Centenary Gardens

The Centenary Gardens can be found at the Newman Collard Recreation Ground. These were opened in 1995 to commemorate 100 years of the Parish Council. The Centenary Garden houses a Memorial Rose Bed where roses can be planting as a memorial (please contact LPC should you wish to enquire about a memorial planting).


A mosaic was constructed in 2000 using designs from groups and businesses around the village.

A tree was planted in November 2018 to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. 

centenary gardens

Tree log benches



Riverside Walk

Liss Riverside Railway walk is an important, well used walk connecting Liss centre and Liss Forest. It has the status of a Public Footpath and Permissive Cycleway. The walk follows part of the old Longmoor Military Railway, dismantled in 1972 and now holds the status of a local nature reserve. The entire walk is divided into 10 compartments.


Compartment 10 is managed and is in direct ownership of Liss Parish Council. This extends from the entrance on Station Road to just past the picnic area and is managed by LPC Grounds staff. The pic nic area also provides a small play area.

The remainder of the Riverside Walk running to the junction with Forest Road (Compartments 1-9) are the responsibility of EHDC. Liss Conservation Rangers, a local volunteer group, carry out maintenance work. Please e-mail if you are interested in becoming a member of Liss Rangers.

riverside walk sign

riverside walk path

bridge in a forest