Hyndburn Borough Council

Hyndburn Borough Council

Milnshaw Park

History of Milnshaw Park

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Milnshaw Park Milnshaw Park has the distinction of being Accrington's first park. In 1879 the Corporation purchased what was then known as Victoria Gardens for £500 following which a further £2,000 was spent on the laying out of the grounds.

Initially, the public were quite sceptical of the idea of a park, no-one thought that anything would grow on the land, however they were proved wrong, for the gardens flourished.

The provisions in the park included: the first tennis hard courts, bowling green and croquet lawn. An open-air swimming pool was also built which contained some 250,000 gallons of water, although problems with lack of water filtration and vandalism meant the pool soon became disused.

Mayor Alderman J E Lightfoot, officially opened the park on 17 June 1880.
Further information

Marked walks in the park leaflet

A leaflet with details of the walks in the park as marked by timber posts and coloured arrows. There are also various activities in the park that can be tried and an anagram to solve.

Milnshaw Park Colour Plan

A colour plan of milnshaw park

Parks fun pack

An activities booklet which can be used by young families and schools to make your visit to the park informative and fun.

Postcards from the parks

Pictures of parks and gardens within the borough.

Staging an event in a park.

Information regarding the staging of an event within a park.

Tips on helping your local environment.

Information and advice on helping your local environment in your outdoor space.

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