Victoria Park, Bristol
|Location||Bedminster, Bristol, England|
|Area||51.5 acres (20.8 ha)|
|Operated by||Bristol City Council|
|Status||Open year round|
The park was established in the 1880s following the expansion of Bedminster as a residential and industrial area within Bristol. The council bought 51.5 acres (20.8 ha) of land from Sir John Henry Greville Smyth for £20,678 (now £2,316,000), though the land had been used as an unofficial open space and meeting area for some time before this. By 1887, a children's play area had been installed which became immediately popular. The streets around the park were laid out in 1891. By 1898, four rangers were permanently employed in the park, and a bandstand had been installed. Several drinking fountains and a circular pond had also been established.
In 1984, a Water Maze was built in the park, modelled on the bosses on the roof of the church of St Mary Redcliffe. It was built over a 12th-century pipeline supplying water from a spring at Knowle Hill to Redcliffe, and opened in conjunction with work elsewhere to stop sewage water discharging into the River Avon.
A number of annual events take place in the park. It is a performance venue for the Art on the Hill Arts Trail, which has been held on the first weekend in October since 2007. The park has also hosted a number of open-air films, profits from which are used towards its upkeep.
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