Page Park, Bristol

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Page Park, Bristol is located in Gloucestershire
Page Park, Bristol
Location of Page Park in Gloucestershire
View of the clock tower

Page Park is a park[1] in the Staple Hill area of South Gloucestershire. [2]

In 1910, the park was donated to the people of Staple Hill by Arthur William Page, the same year he was elected Alderman of the county of Gloucestershire.[3]

The land on which the park was formed was originally part of the Hill House estate. The road to the east of the park is named Hill House Road. Nineteen acres of land from the estate were set aside for the park. An official opening took place on 14 December 1910.[3] The National Anthem was sung whilst an oak sapling was planted.

In the centre of the park stands an impressive pavilion, known locally as the clock tower because of the four-faced clock upon its roof.[4] The clock tower remains to this day and gives its image as the symbol of the park.[5]

The park contains other features:

  • a drinking fountain donated in 1912
  • seating
  • public toilets
  • a band stand donated in 1927, restored in 2013[6]
  • tennis courts donated in 1929
  • a tennis pavilion in 1930
  • bowling green in 1948[7][8][8]

The park has a selection of sports fields, accommodating football and cricket teams. It was the start and finish place for the Kingswood Festival marathon in 1985.[9]

The park is currently undergoing a transformation to become the green heart of Staple Hill. With help from South Gloucestershire Council, the Big Lottery Fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.[10] The creation of a new cafe[11] and community spaces are amongst the improvements.

The park is the venue for the Big Lunch; a community event designed to bring together the people of Staple Hill with music, children's rides and family entertainment.[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Page Park, Staple Hill". www.parksandgardens.org. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  2. ^ "South glos council". 27 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "HISTORY - Friends of Page Park". www.friendsofpagepark.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  4. ^ "Geograph:: 2011 : Clock Tower Page Park, Staple... (C) Maurice Pullin". www.geograph.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  5. ^ "Downend Voice". www.downendvoice.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  6. ^ "Bandstand back at its best". Bristol Post. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  7. ^ "Page Park Bowls Club". www.pageparkbowls.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  8. ^ a b "Cheltenham Bowling Club complete a rare double". Gloucestershire Echo. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  9. ^ "Soundwell vicar marks retirement by competing in half marathon". Bristol Post. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  10. ^ "Page Park gets the go ahead | Heritage Lottery Fund". www.hlf.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  11. ^ "Opportunity to run new café at Page Park, Staple Hill". www.insouthglos.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  12. ^ "The Big Lunch at Page Park - Things To Do in Emersons Green". www.standbrook-guides.com. Retrieved 2015-10-30.
  13. ^ "The BIG LUNCH". WhereCanWeGo. Retrieved 2015-10-30.

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Coordinates: 51°28′55″N 2°29′53″W / 51.482°N 2.498°W / 51.482; -2.498