Local and District Parks
Wirral has over 1,500 hectares of public open space. Below is a list of Local & District Parks:
Ashton Park, West Kirby
Local park facilities including bowling greens, tennis courts, children's playground and ornamental lake. Tea servary at weekends in the Summer.
Birkenhead Park was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. His concept was to create an idealised countryside landscape of open meadows and naturalistic woodland belts.
Paxton's design was the model for many parks around the world, including Central Park, New York.
The two lakes are shaped to appear as sinuous rivers with views across them to features such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge.
Facilities include 2 cricket clubs, tennis courts, bowling greens (open 2nd April - 21st September), an excellent children's playground in the lower park and football pitches. Both lakes are popular for-fishing, although permits are still required. Telephone: 0151 652 5197.
Part of Thurstaston Common LNR, its 200 acres of heathland and woodland, partially owned by the National Trust, is a fantastic environment for nature lovers and ideal for a family day out. Telephone: 0151 677 7594.
Well maintained urban parks on the banks of the River Mersey in New Brighton. Band stand has concerts and activities in the Summer.
Victoria and Mersey Parks
A combination of two urban parks located in Tranmere.
The park was originally the gardens of a large property called Arudy House, owned by Victor Poutz, a French cotton merchant.
At the top end stands the Tranmere Cross which once marked the entrance to Tranmere on Church Street.
A visit in the springtime will delight the visitor with a glorious view of daffodils and crocuses.
Avenues of European Lime grace the edges of pathways providing good habitat for parkland birds such as Blue Tits, Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Thrushes and Blackbirds. This town park with its closely mown grassland gives panoramic views across the Mersey.
Since it's opening in 1901, Victoria Park has been a hive of activity. Within the twenty nine acres there are football pitches, basketball courts and a bowling green (open 2nd April - 21st September). The park also boasts a state of the art play area, complete with an exciting spiders web climbing frame.
Central Park Wallasey
In the early nineteenth century, Liscard Hall and the surrounding parkland was home of Sir John Tobin, ship owner, merchant, African trader and one-time Mayor of Liverpool. On the death of his successor, son-in-law Harold Littledale in 1889, Wallasey Local Board bought the estate and opened it to the public on Whit Monday 1891.
Central Park has three formal gardens; the two rose gardens behind Liscard Hall, and the Walled garden beside the Ranger’s Office at the end of the main drive.
Within the Walled Garden is the Visitor Centre where exhibitions, talks and slide shows are held. Garden tools and materials are available here for those who tend to the plant beds. The Friends of Central Park also use the centre to provide teas and biscuits for park visitors.
Alongside its extensive open areas and children’s playgrounds, Central Park caters for almost every major participants sport. Facilities are available for everything from soccer, to fishing, bowls, cricket and basketball. The Park Rangers also regularly organise children’s scavenger and treasure hunts. They hope to organise volleyball and cross-country events in the near future along with a football training grid.
The nature ponds at the end of Laburnum Walk are home for many frogs, toads and snails, while the water and insects attract Grey and Pied Wagtails amongst other birds. Tree cover is provided mainly by Willow although there are Hawthorn and Beech as well.
Central Park lake is a popular haven for anglers. At the same time, Duck Island in the middle of the lake, is a favourite spot with Canada Geese, Mallard, Magpies and Moorhens from one season to the next.