Tudor Grange Park

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Tudor Grange Park
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Tudor Grange Park
West Midlands
Tudor Grange Park
Tudor Grange Park shown within the West Midlands
Type Public park
Location Solihull, England
Coordinates 52°24′37″N 1°47′12″W / 52.4102°N 1.7868°W / 52.4102; -1.7868Coordinates: 52°24′37″N 1°47′12″W / 52.4102°N 1.7868°W / 52.4102; -1.7868
Operated by Solihull Council
Status Open year round

Tudor Grange Park is located in Solihull, West Midlands. The Park is located very close to the town centre, within easy walking distance, and is adjacent to the local train station and Leisure Centre, Tudor Grange Leisure Centre. It is described by the council as an informal recreation area with a stream dissecting the park, and holds some major events such as the Solihull Carnival.[1]

The Park was bought by the Council in 1946, formerly being farmland belonging to the Bird Family, of Bird's Custard fame, who lived at Tudor Grange, which is now part of the adjacent Solihull College.[1]

As well as providing for a well-equipped children's play area, a skate park was built in 2003. There is also a cycle track and pitch and putt course at the south west ends of the site.

Nature[edit]

The site benefits from a stream, the Alder Brook, which fills a small lake providing a valuable haven for many wildfowl, including for geese, swans, ducks, moorhens and coots.

2008 Park Improvements[edit]

A number of improvements were undertaken by Solihull Council in 2008, as part of a £1,000,000 redevelopment of the park.[2]

The cycle track was built with the help of a £400,000 grant from Sport England’s community club development.[2] The track was championed by a former Olympic silver medallist Harry Reynolds, who is also a member of Solihull Cycling Club. The track is formed as a 1 km figure of eight circuit, and was designed in conjunction with the British Cycling and Solihull Cycling Clubs to ensure the materials and layout provided a challenging circuit for professional training and racing, yet still providing a recreational cycling facility for the local and wider community.[2]

Other improvements included for a refurbishment of the children's play area; new hard landscaping, footpaths and better lighting; CCTV cameras; outdoor gym equipment including a rowing machine, support bars and wall bars ; improvements to the stream and lake including new bridges; and new planting and landscaping including for semi-mature native oak, birch, alder, black poplar, and other native woodland trees and ornamental shrubs.

Events[edit]

Saturday 16th June 2012

  • Solihull Carnival

Mix the traditional with the modern, starting with a parade through Solihull Town Centre and into the park for a wealth of activities to suit all ages and tastes as well as a fantastic funfair. Support Round Table in raising money for local charities. For more information, visit http://www.solihullcarnival.co.uk/ Every year the park hosts this amazing carnival with rides galore.

Maps[edit]

  • [1] pdf map of the park

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