Parks And Gardens In Chesterfield To Enjoy During The Summer

By: Dav Green

There's nothing healthier or better for you than the great outdoors. Whether you want to get out and walk the dog or go for a cycle ride, then the parks in Chesterfield are some of the best parks around.

Here's a small summary and a little bit of information of just some of the parks in and around the chesterfield area.

Queens Park

Queens Park is the largest of the Chesterfield Town Parks, and is located in Chesterfield town centre. Queens Park is currently in the process of a full re-generation which will include new toilet facilities, a restored and re-modelled boating lake, a new hospitality area big enough for up to three marquees and the restoration of the grade II listed glass house. The grade II listed bandstand in Queens Park has also been completely restored to its former glory. These are just some of the projects being funded by Chesterfield Borough Council and the heritage lottery.

Queens Park is located behind the Queens Leisure Centre in Chesterfield town centre. The Leisure Centre offers a full range of services including Badminton Courts, a 33 metre 6 lane swimming pool, teaching and beached baby pool, Gym, Indoor Sports Hall and a cafeteria. There are several car parks surrounding the park, all for a small charge, can be used.

There is also a boating lake, which recently flooded in the heavy rains, as well as a railway track. The little train that runs around the track has recently been in the local press as local children won the right to name him Puffin Billy.

Somersall Park

Somersall is a smaller residential park located slightly off the beaten track where Chesterfield Golf Club first started in 1897. Its first members played a nine hole course in Somersall Park. The Club moved to its present site in 1906 when Somersall Park proved to be too short. As well as having playing fields, a fun playground and a cricket pavilion, Somersall Park also has recycling facilities located in the car park.

The river Hipper runs through Somersall Park which is great for the dogs and the kids in the summer!

Hunloke Community Garden

Hunloke Community Garden can be found just off the A61 in Chesterfield and is easily found by following the brown Tourist Info signs from the main rd. The Garden was created by the local people on an old derelict field and is now a fully operational nursery growing vegetables and plants for sale. There is also an orchard and a pond which has become a haven for various wildlife.

Hunloke Community Garden is open 9am to 4pm during the week in the winter and 9am to 6pm every day during the summer.

Pools Brook Country Park

Pools Brook Country Park is Chesterfield's newest and largest park situated on Inkersal road, Pools Brook, Chesterfield and is signposted from the A632. It's built on reclaimed colliery land and is a very important site locally for biodiversity. It has a variety of habitats including lakes, meadows and woodlands.

The Country Park is very popular with local wildlife as well as the residents of Chesterfield and surrounding areas. The fishing lake at Pools Brook Country Park is also a hit with local anglers.

There is a visitor's centre where you can pick up information about the various woodland walkways and there's also a Community Café.

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