Blackpool’s Stanley Park, October 15th 2016: "The UK’s Best Park"
The 390 acres that presently comprises Blackpool’s Stanley Park was officially opened in 1926. It serves an important role in my family’s memories given that my wife is a Blackpool girl and this was where she spent many happy days of her childhood, including her time at the now demolished Collegiate High School for Girls, the park being a convenient hideaway for lunchtimes. We brought our children here on numerous times before our move to Yorkshire. Now on a very wet October morning we revisited. It has scarcely changed. The link above is to the Friends of Stanley Park from which I learn that this venerable park has been just been voted “The UK’s Best Park” for 2016 by “YOU!”
The Rose Garden was originally designed by Thomas Mawson in 1926 and completely renovated in 2006
David Austen Roses make up the main planting though Autumn perennials were conspicuous
The Historic Art Deco café is worth the visit on its own
The bandstand is in the distance and the benches are just as we remember them
Stanley Park Lion
The following images show the care taken of the bowling greens where the grass had been properly spiked but the gardeners not quite having finished sweeping up the plugs of earth.