UK's Best Park - West Midlands
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Think your local green space is the best in the country?
Voting is now open for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within the West Midlands are listed below - find your favourite and cast your vote today! Voting closes at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
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Tree lined paths, a fairy village, well kept children's play area and a pond are just a few reasons to visit. The history of the park dates back to the 13th century too. One of Coventry's many gems.
Arrow Valley Park
Arrow Valley Park is set around a beautiful lake. It was built in 1970s. It has 900 acres of public open space and incorporates the Arrow Valley Lake, popular for dinghy sailing, fishing and birdwatching. It is home for parkrun, which is a weekly event for walkers, joggers and runners.
Huge park incorporating rolling green playspace, boat hire, café, crazy golf, and tennis. Perfect day out for all. Near to town, buses and stations. Good parking facilities. Thoroughly recommended!
Easy to access from town, Borough Museum on the same site, two excellent tree sculptures and a statue of Vera Brittain on a bench. Lots of fun for children - play area and mini gauge steam railway. Sensory garden. A wonderful place.
It is vast, has great facilities such as a splash park and paddling pool. Free car parking with great open spaces to enjoy and lots of trees. It also has educational and charities on site.
A small but beautifully kept garden, very restful to wander around. The restaurant is black and white olde world looking. There is a pool with wildlife, a lovely bandstand and vues over Burslem and the Potteries.
Cannon Hill Park
It has something for everyone: sports, play, formal and informal beautiful gardens, a lake, woodland and fields. It hosts events and is always full of Birmingham's wide social mix of people. Midlands Arts Centre is also there.
A great space that has so many things for all ages. Volunteers provide healthy activities all year from forest school to yoga and buggy fit. The CoCoMad festival and other annual events draw in huge crowds to the park. It's friendly, wonderfully maintained and has so many areas to explore.
I enjoy going there with my grandchildren. There is such a lot to do - unusual play equipment, a splash pad, sand pit as well as having lovely gardens and a farm. In the summer there is a funfair and swan boats on the lake.
Diglis Field & Cherry Orchard Nature Reserve
It's loved by locals for its unspoiled appearance and the variety of activities available. The nature reserve is a very special place whilst the playing fields are a haven for sports, dog walkers and children playing. It's home to a miniature railway and offers traffic-free routes into the city.
Fort Royal Park
Fort Royal Park is Worcester’s hidden gem with One World in Our Park and spectacular views. It is loved by Civil War historians, children playing, gardeners, bird watchers and dog walkers. There is no finer place to escape city noise and watch the sunset, meet friends or celebrate special events.
An extensive, almost rural, park, not far from the city centre and running down to the River Severn. It has a splash pool for kids, tennis courts and an environmental centre, powered by deep core geo-heating of water, with cafe and meeting room in old water treatment buildings.
Handsworth Park is such a lovely place to go. Meeting new people and it's clean and well kept. Very much used by different organisations and big events. From boat hire to cafe. A place of peace for many people to go and take themselves out of the city life.
The park is used by people of all ages it has a lovely children's play area, tennis courts, a café, they also offer lots of activities.
Hob Moor Road Open Space
There has been a lot of regeneration. Footpaths, trees and play areas. It's clean and well looked after. The local community use it well. On a clear day you can see the city centre.
King George's Field
Our park has got even busier since re-opening 18 months ago. We have three youth football teams now playing who are currently top of the league plus netball. Our Celebration Day in June saw 800 people enjoy a day in the park, all maintained and run by volunteers. Visitors rave about it too.
Kings Heath Park
Have been visiting this park for over 30 years. Beautiful, serene, historical park. Always kept well with an abundance of plants and flowers. My children and dogs adored this park, plenty of space to run around and meet new four legged friends. We now take our grandchildren there. Good tea rooms.
King's Norton Park
Plenty of space, parking and access. There is a children’s play area and a skate park, a large open playing field and more secluded tree- lined walkways; a stream runs through the park with several picnic benches close by.
Lickhill War Memorial Park
Our park is loved by the whole of the town, a beautifully kept, peaceful park that is used by a variety of all ages, it has a great history and has commemorative war memorial gates at the entrance, it's a real jewel loved by the community.
I’ve been walking dogs around the park for years. It holds a Green Flag award and is an excellent park.
Perry Hall Park
158 acre site, Perry Hall Park is situated on the former site of Elizabethan Mansion, ornamental gardens and parkland. On the river Tame. Home of the Birmingham Cricket League. Very active and friendly Friends Group. Accredited Country Park.
29 acres of parkland - beautiful open space, children's playground, the tranquil Dingle Flower Garden created by Percy Thrower, the River Severn. The Quarry Park is host to the annual Shrewsbury Flower Show and various music and sporting events. The Quarry Park has everything; a real gem in the heart of town.
At only 1.8 metres wide and about 9 metres long the Southside Parklet (the smallest 'park' in Birmingham) is located on the street in a vehicle delivery bay. It features seating, cycle parking, an interactive experimental technology totem, and much needed greenery and flowering plants in this part of the city centre.
This is my favourite park in Kidderminster. It has something for everyone. The Friends of Springfield Park are fantastic. They host lots of events for the local community for all ages. The Stackpool and surrounding green space is beautiful to walk around.
Sutton Country Park
With seven lakes, wild ponies, cattle, vast woodlands and wetlands, Sutton Park is an escape to the countryside with an urban backdrop. No two visits are ever the same!
Telford Town Park
A beautiful open space, filled with so many things to do for all the family. Stunning scenery, vast lakes, the famous QE2 Arena, a park for all ages along with a real community feel. A real treasure, right on our doorstep.
The Arboretum is on the edge of the town centre and easily accessible, It has something for everyone, to walk, play, exercise, listen to music, fish, bird watch or take a boat on the lake. The beautiful trees provide an oasis of calm from it's busy surroundings. My favourite place.
War Memorial Park
The War Memorial Park is a beautifully kept and well maintained green space. There is something for everyone from cyclists, dog walkers, childrens play area, tennis courts, pitch and putt plus two cafes. It is also a fitting memorial to the those who lost their lives in World Wars I and II.
The skyline path through the woods is like the high vaults of a cathedral. So many different areas with a different atmosphere in each.
A lovely way to walk to work and used by so many different people for children's play, football, feeding the ducks, exercise, cafe, greenhouse, beautiful trees and lake. Something for everyone.
Willenhall Memorial Park
Just to walk around is so very relaxing, with the sounds of happiness in the background children enjoying the play area, mums chatting pushing buggies or teens in the skate park. Having a good old chat with friends or sitting in the sun watching the world go by. Heaven!