Alexandra Park, Hastings
Alexandra Park, shown within East Sussex
|Location||Hastings, East Sussex United Kingdom|
|Area||109 acres (0.44 km2)|
|Created||26 June 1882|
|Open||7 days a week, dawn until dusk|
|Status||Open all year|
Alexandra Park is a public park located in Hastings, East Sussex in England. It was originally planned out by Robert Marnock and occupies approximately 109 acres (0.44 km2) of the town. Its linear area stretches from the town centre out to residential areas. It was formally opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales on 26 June 1882.
In April 2004, the park was officially reopened by Charlie Dimmock and the Mayor of Hastings after a large regeneration scheme costing £3.46m. Initial surveys suggest that park visitor numbers have dramatically increased since the completion of the scheme.
The park fauna consists of grey squirrels, Canada geese and mallard ducks as well as an array of different bird life. The squirrels and other animals are all used to human contact and the café has dried food that you can purchase to feed them.
The park features several small water reservoirs that provide popular locations for leisure fishing within the town. The lower area of the park has several public facilities including a lake, war memorial, bowls green, information point, toilets, café, events areas, bandstand and adventure playground. There is a water thoroughfare all around the park linking the reservoirs.
The park hosts the annual Hastings Beer and Music Festival, which takes place in July. In addition, the open air bandstand is used for various band concerts throughout the summer months. Further up the park there is a Chalybeate Spring.