Palfrey Park is a significant local landmark and is cited as one of Walsall Council’s flagship greenspaces and the first in the borough to achieve the national Green Flag Award in 2007 and retained annualy thereafter in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The Park is located within walking distance of Palfrey Town Centre and its Broadway West entrance is located off Broadway West (A4148 Walsall ring road).
The original park was opened in 1886 and extended in 1924 to cater for the rapidly expanding urban development and need for open space to provide active and passive recreation for the surrounding areas.
The park has a simple reverse L – shaped layout and is an intimate open space of approximately 6.48 hectares ranging from a formal historical layout in the north dominated by the recently reconstructed historical bandstand and Palfrey horse sculpture to the play and sports facilities at the centre core of the park, large amenity grass area to the south and informal nature conservation area in the south west corner of the park.
The park you see today has been carefully developed by Walsall Council in partnership with the Palfrey Park Friends and Users Association as part of a five year restoration and regeneration programme (2002 – 2007) which has both restored the parks historic landscape and regenerated its facilities to provide a park to meet the current and future needs of the diverse local community.
This successful transformation of the park and the achievement of the Green Flag Award has come about as a result of a successful 15 year partnership between the Friends Group and Walsall Council.
Palfrey Park offers a wide range of high quality facilities and features to cater for varying interests and reasons for visiting the park.
From informal recreation enjoying the public art features and relaxing in the fresh air, to organised health walks and the many community events and activities, from a leisurely game of bowls to a choice of active sports that can be played on the refurbished sports courts, from a picnic and play in the refurbished play area to live music in the new bandstand to pond dipping and enjoying wildlife in the conservation area, the park provides opportunities for all of the local community to enjoy their local park.
The park plays host to a varied programme of community events and activities including an annual fun day, concerts in the new bandstand, Love Your Park days, sports tournaments and festive celebrations as well a providing an outdoor classroom for local schools and groups to learn about their environment and local wildlife.
In 2009, electronic visitors counter were installed at each of the entrances to the park to record numbers of people visiting the park throughout the year.
The results of visitor counts have far surpassed the number of projected visitors per year based on estimates previously recorded by the site based parks staff. In 2009/100 over £378,000 people visited the park and in 2010/11 just over £380,000 people were recorded as visiotrs.
The long term management, maintenance and development of the park is guided by a ten year Management and Maintenance Plan which was produced in November 2006. The plan is reviewed every three months and updated annaully with the last full review taking place in January 2010. The Management and Maintenance Plan sets out the council’s vision and aims for the park and how these will be achieved and a new 5 year plan is due to be launched in July 20011.
We value your feedback
Would you like to telll us what you think about Palfrey Park and its facilities and the service provided by Walsall Council in the park. In November 2008 GreenSTAT a national on line user survey was lauched by Walsall Council which allows members of the public and park users to complete an online survey 365 days a year.
To complete a survey please click on the link www.greenstat.org.uk
Alternatively, if you would like to complate a paper copy of the survey please call the parks hotline number on 01922 654370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone 01922 654370 (Parks hotline)
This page was last updated on 12 December 2013