Heanor Memorial Park

Welcome to the Green Flag Award winning Heanor Memorial Park created to remember the brave soldiers who fought so gallantly in the Second World War.

The park has been providing the public with recreational space for over 63 years.  Throughout this time the facilities have changed and improved but the layout has remained the same.

Throughout the park there is a good stock of mature and semi mature trees with an avenue of lime trees on the pathway.

When is it open?

The park is open daily from 8.00am and closes at dusk.

History of the site

At the conclusion of the Second World War local peoples thoughts turned towards providing a fitting memorial for those men killed in the hostilities.

At a public meeting at the Town Hall on 31 October 1945 it was decided to provide a public park. The aim was that “all people, young and old, could enjoy the beauties of nature in lovely surroundings, near to the centre of the town.” The centrepiece was a traditional war memorial.

The main gates, opposite Mundy Street, came from Derby Lodge entrance to Shipley Hall, and were donated by Shipley Collieries Ltd. The second set of gates opposite the Miners’ Welfare came from the gardens of Shipley Hall.

The Park was officially opened on 28 April 1951 by the Duke of Devonshire, and a dedication service was led by the Archdeacon of Chesterfield, assisted by a cross-denomination array of local church ministers. The Park was formally handed over by the Chairman of the Memorial Park Committee to the Chairman of the District Council, Councillor William Belfield.

Ownership of the Park transferred to Amber Valley Borough Council in 1974.

In the 1980’s, the Second World War Memorial was supplemented by a small additional memorial plaque commemorating those who died in the Falklands Conflict of 1982.

Fundamental changes were carried out in 2009 by Amber Valley Borough Council with the installation of a Bandstand, educational play facilities within the paddling pool and a new equipped play area.

Facilities

Play Area – there is a well-equipped play area suitable for all ages.

Toilets – these are available on site daily throughout the summer months from the end of March through to the end of October. For the remainder of the year the toilets will be open when the park keeper is in attendance.

Café/Kiosk - Aunt Sally's Snack Shack – open all year round Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

Bandstand – equipped with electricity to enable of variety of events to be held in the park.

War Memorials - the memorial in the park was originally to remember the fallen in the Second World War, an additional memorial was built to remember the fallen in the Falklands conflict, both have been refurbished and were rededicated in 2011.

Pond - at the bottom end of the park is an ornamental pond which provides a natural habitat for wildlife.

Entrance Gates - a major feature of the park is the gates at the main entrance to the park, they came from the entranceway of the derelict Shipley Hall and make a handsome feature of the park entrance. These gates were refurbished in 2010 as part of the major refurbishments.

Lighting - has been installed on the pathways crossing the park from the Leisure Centre car park to Ilkeston Road. Traditional lamp style lighting has been installed on the open areas with up-lighting built into the path down the lime tree avenue.

CCTV - has been installed and covers the main area of the park.

Access / location

The main entrance to the park is located on Ilkeston Road. Access is also available on Hands Road and via a footpath link from Ella Bank Road.

Events

Wind Ensemble by South East Derbyshire Music Centre (Free event, Organised by Heanor Town Council) An outdoor musical event held within the bandstand on Sunday 11th June from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Bring own seating and a picnic. Aunty Sally's snack shack will be open for snacks, teas and coffees.

The park is available to book for events. For more information contact Landscape Services on 01773 841542.

Site management

The park is owned by Amber Valley Borough Council and is managed by the Landscape Services Department.

Responsible use of the site

The Borough Council are always keen to promote positive use of the site and a good park user guide is visible at all entrances to the park.

 

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