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Handsworth Park lies in the centre of Handsworth and is a welcome oasis for the many people who visit. The park reflects the many different and varied cultures in staff and users of the park. It has a wonderfully maintained landscape, children's play area and a modern leisure centre located within the grounds where toilet facilities and vending machines are available.
 
History
 
Victoria Park, or Handsworth Park as we know it today, occupies over 63 acres. It was largely created in two parts, the first opened on June 20 1888, the second added in 1895. In fact, during its early years, the land was acquired piece by piece. Over twenty acres, which once formed part of the Grove estate, were initially purchased in 1887 from the Birmingham and Midland Bank Ltd for £7500. A further 9000 square yards were leased for 999 years from June 1890 from William Mayner; a slice was added in March 1895, sold by Philip Williams and in March 1895 sixteen acres were purchased from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.

Finally in November 1901 a second strip of land to Hinstock Road was purchased from the Williams', the majority of this being added to the park and a small piece being retained for the construction of public baths. Despite this rather piecemeal approach the landscape has a remarkable unity of design - a testament to the quality of the plans prepared for the first twenty acres by R.H. Vertegans.

Although Handsworth had perhaps 1200 years of independent history before it became part of Birmingham in 1911, its development was slow and patchy. Except in the Tame Valley, much of the area is covered by glacial drift deposits and the soil is porous and acidic. This meant that the land was mainly heath with some light woodland unsuitable for agriculture.

When People Come Together

In 1994 a group of local people began to campaign against a plan to build on the site of an old swimming pool and the sale and development of the Victoria Jubilee Allotments site next to the park, the original public recreation ground before the park was established, most of which had never been built on.

The group renamed itself the 'Handsworth Park Association', when it became clear that the park was to be improved and cared for properly.

In 1999 Birmingham City Council published its Parks Strategy document, formally marking the end of a long period of neglect of many local parks. At the begining of a long list of objectives the document says the strategy will ensure that "a network of high quality parks and other green spaces are provided for Birmingham's citizens and visitors".

Bus Routes - or how to get there

From the city centre/ Hamstead: no. 16
Outer Circle: no. 11
Main entrances via Hamstead Road and Grove Lane.

You can snail-mail us at:
Handsworth Leisure Centre
Holly Road
Handsworth
Birmingham, B20

the park has its very own entry
in Wikipedia, and here it is..

the park has an e-mail address too.

there is birmingham website is
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