Lakeside Country Park

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Lakeside Country Park
Beach Lake, Lakeside Country Park, Eastleigh.jpg
Beach Lake, one of the three lakes in the park
Type Country park
Location Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK
Coordinates 50°57′25″N 1°21′50″W / 50.957°N 1.364°W / 50.957; -1.364
Area 60 acres (240,000 m2)
Operated by Eastleigh Borough Council
Status Open all year

Coordinates: 50°57′25″N 1°21′50″W / 50.957°N 1.364°W / 50.957; -1.364

Lakeside Country Park is a country park just south of the town of Eastleigh in Hampshire. The park covers 60 acres[1] and is home to the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway.

The park is on the site of old gravel workings, with lakes formed from gravel pits.[1] As well as the lakes themselves, the park boasts meadows and some young woodland.[1]

In April 2005, a band of travellers illegally set up camp in the park and on surrounding land, including allotments, with over a dozen caravans there at one stage.[2] The travellers were there for five days[3] and left large amounts of rubbish behind, which was not cleared for some weeks, and was subsequently set ablaze by local children.[2][4]

The park is bounded by the Eastleigh urban area to the north, the A335 road to the east, the boundary between Eastleigh and Southampton to the south, and Monks Brook to the west.

Eastleigh Lakeside Railway[edit]

Eastleigh Lakeside station is the centre of operations for the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway

A dual gauge 10 14 in (260 mm) / 7 14 in (184 mm) light railway was established in the park in 1992, originally as a temporary layout.[5] A more permanent track was laid down in 1993, as the railway company was granted a three year lease.[5] Five years later, a longer lease was negotiated and construction began on the two stations, Eastleigh Parkway and Monks Brook.[5] They were opened in 1999, although further work on the layout itself was carried out in 2000.[5] A tunnel was added in 2003, and Eastleigh Parkway station was extended in 2005 with the addition of a café and shop.[5]

Locomotives include:

  • "Sir Arthur heywood"
  • David Curwen
  • Francis Henry Lloyd
  • Sandy river
  • Taw

Water sports centre[edit]

In 2014 funding was approved towards the replacement of the current lakeside buildings with two new buildings with improved toilets and changing facilities, storage, offices and a multi-purpose function room. The estimated cost of the scheme is £2.5 million, of which £1 million has been allocated from the New Homes Bonus and £371,000 from the Eastleigh Local Area Committee. The new buildings are expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016.[6]

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