Bedford Park, Bedford

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Bedford Park
BedfordParkLakeSwan.JPG
Ornamental lake in the park
Type public park
Location Bedford, Bedfordshire
England
Coordinates 52°08′51″N 0°27′55″W / 52.1475°N 0.46516°W / 52.1475; -0.46516Coordinates: 52°08′51″N 0°27′55″W / 52.1475°N 0.46516°W / 52.1475; -0.46516
Operated by Bedford Borough Council
Open All year

Bedford Park is a large urban park, located in the town of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. The park is the largest urban park within the town, and it is owned and maintained by Bedford Borough Council.

Bedford Park was constructed and planted in the 19th Century, as the town of Bedford expanded northwards. The park was developed at the same time as Bedford's first municipal cemetery, which is located directly to the north of the park. Today, the cemetery is no longer used as a major burial ground for the town. The park however is still very much in use.

The general Victorian design of Bedford Park has been maintained to this day. The park has many mature trees and shrubs, as well as herbaceous borders and naturalised bulb borders (including daffodils, wood anemones and crocuses). The park's original bandstand is still in use, as is the original cricket pavilion, which is maintained along with a full size cricket pitch.

Other sporting facilities at the park include areas for tennis, football, rounders and basketball. There is also a bowling green. Robinson Pool is located in the southwest corner of Bedford Park, and is the main public swimming pool in Bedford.

Other facilities at the park include two children's playgrounds and a café (open summer weekends only). Bedford Park was awarded Green Flag status in 2007 & 2008, joining Priory Country Park to become the second park in Bedford to win the prestigious national award.

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