Hove Park

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For the school, see Hove Park School.
Hove Park
Type Public Park
Location Hove, England
Area 40 acres
Operated by Brighton & Hove City Council
Open 24 hours
Status Open year round

Coordinates: 50°50′35.53″N 0°10′18.06″W / 50.8432028°N 0.1716833°W / 50.8432028; -0.1716833 Hove Park is a park within the English city of Brighton & Hove.

Overview[edit]

A paved path goes all round the park, approximately 1.89 kilometres in length, and is often used by walkers and runners. There are also several paved paths cross-secting the park at various points. Brighton & Hove Albion's traditional home, the Goldstone Ground was opposite the park, until it was demolished.

Facilities include a fenced off playground, a football pitch, a basketball court, a climbing boulder, several tennis courts and a bowling green. A cafe operates throughout the year and serves refreshments. Public toilets are located near the cafe.

In the southwest corner lies a rock called The Goldstone. Legend has it[who?] that the devil threw the approximately 20 ton rock there while excavating Devil's Dyke.[1] Towards the north is a sculpture by the environmental artist Chris Drury; Fingermaze [2] is a labyrinth-like design based on a fingerprint, consisting of stones set into the turf.

Panoramic view of Hove Park from South East corner

Hove Park is home to the Brighton parkrun.

Miniature steam railway[edit]

Miniature Steam Railway track

The park includes a 2,000-foot (610 m) long miniature railway operating on a 5 inch gauge, which is open on occasional weekends and bank holidays throughout spring, summer and autumn.[3] The railway is run by the Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers, which was formed from part of Brighton Model Engineers in 1962.

The track was upgraded to use concrete sections following damage caused by the Great Storm of 1987. Each separate section bears a plate detailing the name of the individual who sponsored it.

Sources[edit]

Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers
Brighton & Hove City Council - Hove Park

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