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“A pleasant park”
Review of Hanley Park

Hanley Park
Ranked #47 of 123 things to do in Stoke-on-Trent
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hanley Park and the adjacent Cauldon Grounds are open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The park is staffed most days from morning until late afternoon, and we welcomed around 922,000 visitors during 2014. Cauldon Grounds first opened in 1894, and were followed by the larger Hanley Park in 1897. Both were designed by the up-and-coming landscape architect Thomas Mawson, helping to cement his international reputation. Hanley Park's listed status has recently been upgraded to II* in recognition of its importance. The two parks continue to be the focus of many exciting developments. The park has now been awarded £4.5m funding for a once-in-a-lifetime restoration project. The most visible work is set to take place from spring 2016. This is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund through their Parks for People Programme, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Things to see and do in the park - Art features, including 'Love Ties' sculpture by Emily Campbell - Grade II* listed historic landscape, including bandstand, terrace garden, pavilion, lake, Doulton fountain (in Cauldon Grounds) and views across the park towards Stoke Minster. - Crown green bowling green - Fishing (the park is classed as 'community water,' and all are welcome to fish responsibly with a valid Environment Agency rod licence - Three exciting play areas: toddler, sensory, and adventure (including aerial slide) - Picnic area - Free-of-charge sports zone including: all-weather floodlit sports court, cricket wicket and nets, tennis courts, basketball hoops and a multi-use sports court. - Toilets (open during staffed hours).
Reviewed 22 April 2014

This park is like most other parks in stoke on trent and offers nothing special to the public.It is lacking a cafe and shop but is generally well maintained.

Thank Mick T
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Good parking. Shops and cafes on the doorstep.
Great for cycling and walking and playing and sitting and photography.
Quite green heart of the city.

I've been visiting Hanley Park a lot recently. I've organised four or five events here in the last year including performances on the bandstand, arts activities and night walks.
The great news is that the City Council along with Staffs Uni, Friends of Hanley Park and Stoke College put a bid into the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2012 which was successful. They've got £400k to engage people in the park, complete surveys and designs for restoration of all the buildings and features. Then in 2014 will be bidding for £4.5 million to the do the work!
In the meantime we need to give our views and get involved in saying what we want.

The lake looks great - fountains all working. Maintenance and litter picking is very high standard.
Children's play areas are excellent - people come from all over North Staffs and South Cheshire. Specialist area for disabled children.

There are a couple of spots where people hang around sometimes drinking. They are friendly when I chat to them. I can understand them seeming threatening. the Police and Council are doing a lot about all this. The toilets still need a lot of work but please don't let that put you off.

Thank atypicalpen
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Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

The park is great if it weren't for the people with no kids that hang around not a particularly safe place it could be fantastic with more cctv or patrol

Thank memechess2010
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

this park has abit for every age.Fenced of toddler park, fenced off activity area for all ages(even adults if they want to play).There is an area for older children with climbing frames.the walk around the park and lake is very enjoyable and the children love feeding the ducks.There is parking inside the park aswell as outside.

Thank mazStoke_on_trent
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Hanley park is a nice City Centre Attraction, it has 5 a side football courts as well as basket-ball courts they also hold many events as well, there is a large pond that attracts anglers, ducks and geese fly in from all over, you might even see great crested grebes and mandarin ducks which visit from time to time, there is also a nature trail and crown green bowling lawn. the Children's area is superb with 3 separate play areas, the gardens are well maintained as is the rest of the park plus there are plenty of benches to rest your weary legs.

Thank Melvin T
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