Onchan Park is a park in the Gedling Borough Council district at the top of Oakdale Road, Carlton, Nottingham, England. Bordered by Onchan Avenue, Onchan Drive and Greenhill Road the once vibrant park was used by people from across the region. The children’s playground, tennis court, table tennis tables, multi-use-games-area, greenspace and the flora and fauna all providing opportunities for all ages to be active and enjoy the surroundings.

Update Spring 2024: Table tennis bats and balls are available to borrow from Jazz’s shop on Oakdale Road. Please return them to the shop when you have finished playing table tennis on the park.

End of 2022 update

Merry Christmas everyone.

Many of you have probably been wondering what’s happening with Onchan Park.

Since COVID things have been very difficult, however we have been working behind the scenes. Unfortunately, we have experienced a number of difficulties working with GBC.

We have tried to gain support and funding from GBC to resurface the green for the community since 2019.  This would enable the green to be used as a multi- purpose space: a space to hold events and for children to play, for sports and leisure activities.

  • In December 2020 we wrote a bid to apply for funding to resurface the green. Initially we were told we had the council support for the bid, however due to staff restructuring at GBC, we were then left without access to support.
  • A year later we were given a new point for communication, but told our bid couldn’t go ahead as someone else had put in a bid with GBC support – we would need to wait until August of this year before we could apply again.
  • Since June of this year our liaison has been waiting for a response from GBC regarding the green.  We have requested meetings several times but to no avail. In November we tried again, and are still awaiting a response.
  • We recently emailed Michael Paine, deputy leader of the council, and are awaiting a response.

GBC have recently received 2.6 million to be spent on community.  We are hoping that they will be able to support our community. If anyone has any ideas on how we can move forward, or would like to help Friends of Onchan Park to gain support from GBC, or simply wants to join, please respond.

To end on a positive note:

  • The multi-use games area has been used continually when the weather allows this year. We have had basketball, hockey, football, gym training all making the most of the space.
  • The Gym sessions have also been well attended and are helping keep our local community fit and healthy.
  • The tennis court is also used daily, when the weather allows.
  • The table tennis tables are still used frequently as players have been bringing their own bats and balls when there have been none available for free community use.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers, our local councillors; Nicki Brooks, Paul Wilkinson, Jim Creamer, and Errol Henry, and especially those who regularly collect litter from the park to make it a better space for our community.

We hope to return in the New Year with renewed vigour and community support to create the ultimate park that this community deserves.

 Merry Christmas to you all from The Friends of Onchan Park.

Next event:

Watch this space!

Regular events and facilities:

Bootcamp: Every Sunday 9:30 – 10:30. Details here – contact Jude to book.

Table tennis bats and balls available to borrow every day at the park during the summer.

(Updated December 2022)

We need you!

Friends of Onchan Park conducted a survey which showed the need for a community hub in the area sometimes known as ‘Carlton Village’ or the Carlton district ward. Our community wants: keep fit, yoga, youth clubs, book club, education groups, parent and baby groups, art class, zumba, bootcamp and holiday clubs. What could you offer?

We need community groups to come forward to be stakeholders in the pavilion development project so that the building can be renovated to suit your needs. Please email parkonchan@gmail.com if you would like to be involved. If possible, please give details such as: Name of group, Activities offered (with possible days and times), Facilities required, Space required. We would love to hear from you.

The Friends of Onchan Park formed in 2016 and aim to look after the interests of park users and the local community so that those who have enjoyed using it for the past 50 years can continue to use it and it will be there for many future generations. Setting up the Friends Of Onchan Park allows the local community to have a say in how it’s run, raise funding for new equipment and make it a great community influenced facility.

The group also organise events at the park: a Summer Fun Day and Halloween Spooktacular. We are always looking for volunteers to help with these events or with maintenance or activities at the park throughout the year. Please check out Facebook ‘Save Onchan Park’ or flogoollow us on Twitter @OnchanPark. We hold regular, informal meetings online or at either John’s Church or the Elwes Arms pub, please contact us via the website if you’d like to join the Committee.


If you can help out or do something for the group, please let us know and ask to come along to the online meetings. We have lots of ideas for events, we are in the middle of a couple of projects (resurfacing the greenspace and developing the pavilion) so we need people who can work with us to get these ideas off the ground and helpers to run activities at our events.