Ledbury Town Council
The area was conveyed to the townspeople of Ledbury for safekeeping in memory of the 85 men who gave their lives in World War I. After the War, the people of Ledbury wanted to remember those who had fallen in the conflict. It was decided that an appeal be made for funds to erect a war memorial in the High Street and also to provide a playing ground for children. When the Upper Hall Estate was put up for sale in July 1919, and before the auction took place, Lot 16, near the Ledbury Electric Light Works, was purchased at the reduced price of £400. The site was said to be 'admirably situated, being close to the town, flat and of good size'.
The Recreation Ground is accessible to the public, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. A pathway runs from Orchard Lane to Bye Street. There is a hardcore basketball court, play area with wooden equipment, outdoor gym, enclosed children's play area and an unmarked football pitch on the grassed area with permanent goal posts. At the South end of the Recreation Ground there is an enclosed skate park. Toilets may be accessed at the nearby Swimming Pool in Lawnside Road. The car park may be accessed via the Bye Street entrance. There is also a public car park in Lawnside Road which is accessible via a footpath from the Recreation Ground.