Springfield Park, Liverpool
|Location||Liverpool, England, UK|
|Area||22 acres (89,000 m2)|
|Operated by||Liverpool City Council|
|Status||Open all year|
It is located in the suburb of Knotty Ash, and lies to the north of Prescot Road. It is bounded on its north side by Alder Hey Children's Hospital, the park has a direct track that links to the Trans Pennine Trail. It also has a path that leads into Alder Veterinary Hospital's Car-park and then continues to Eaton Road.
Springfield was originally the estate and grounds of Springfield House, one of a number of wealthy properties on the outskirts of the city. After a succession of owners, the estate was acquired in 1907 by Liverpool City corporation as a public amenity. The house, which stood in the north-west corner of the park, and the lodge at the front entrance, are no longer standing.
The park has a number of features, but consists mainly of green space crossed by paths. It contains two football pitches and a tennis court. It also has a children’s playground on the site of the house, though no trace of the house remains.
The park also contains an obelisk commemorating the death of Lord Nelson, which stands inside the main entrance. It was made on the orders of a Mr Downward, a sugar merchant of the city, who owned Springfield House at the time. It was offered to the city as a bequest, but the city council rejected it as being too small (one councillor dismissing it as "a half-nelson"). Insulted by this, Downward had the obelisk erected in the grounds of his home, where it remains. The obelisk is 40 ft (12 m) high, of red sandstone blocks, and bore a brass plaque with an inscription to the memory of Lord Nelson.
In 2012 proposals to rebuild Alder Hey Children's Hospital were announced. The plans include constructing a brand new hospital building on Springfield Park and renaming it as Alder Hey Children’s Health Park. The original Alder Hey buildings will be demolished once the new building is complete and the site will be then be reclaimed as new parkland for the surrounding community. Construction on the new hospital began in Springfield Park on 21 January 2013 and is expected to be completed by Summer 2015.
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