Esplanade Gardens is a large, linear open space next to the River Medway and near Rochester High Street.

It has:

  • a formal garden
  • a play area
  • an outdoor gym
  • an informal grass area
  • spectacular views of the river.

Our project aims to improve visitor facilities in the gardens.

It's funded by contributions for a nearby development. We will receive funding in stages over the next few years. 

Currently we are planning to:

  • completely refurbish the play area
  • resurface pathways that are in poor condition
  • improve the plant beds and seating areas
  • introduce new and updated signage.

Public consultation

We held a public consultation to get feedback from visitors on how the gardens are currently used and what improvements people would like to see to help us in our decision-making.

The 2 public consultation events took place:

  • in Esplanade Gardens on Saturday 23 July 2022 between 2pm and 4pm. This was in conjunction with the Friends of Rochester Churchfields and Esplanade (FoRCE) picnic event
  • at Rochester Cruising Club on Tuesday 26 July 2022 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm.

Online survey

We also ran a survey throughout July and August 2022.

Residents and visitors who completed the survey will be kept up to date with the project. 

For further information and updates, contact the Greenspace Development team at

A view of Rochester Castle.

View of Rochester Castle from the formal gardens.