Willenhall Memorial Park was created in the early 1920s to commemorate the many people who died in the Great War. The Park was formed out of 22ha of derelict former mining land to the west of Willenhall Town Centre. Afforestation of the pit mounds was carried out by unemployed servicemen returning from the war. The resulting woodland is now an attractive backdrop to the Park’s many facilities; which include a bandstand, bowling green, children’s play area, fishing pool and community pavilion.
Adjoining the northwest entrance to the Park is Fibbersley Local Nature Reserve, a 12.89 ha expanse of land on former mine workings that is now a haven for wildlife. Health walks take place three times a week from the park pavilion, and follow a variety of circular trails through the Park and Nature Reserve.
In recent years, Walsall Council has worked closely with the Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park to regenerate the Park and bring its facilities up to date.
The Park offers a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year. Sunday afternoon bandstand concerts during the summer have proved especially popular. Additionally, people can enjoy sports tournaments, fishing contests and an annual fun day.
The park you see today has been carefully developed by Walsall Council in partnership with the Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park planned restoration and regeneration programme which has both restored the parks historic landscape and regenerated its facilities to provide a park to meet the current and future needs of the local community.
This successful transformation of the park and the achievement of the Green Flag Award from 2008 to the present date has come about as a result of a successful partnership between the Friends Group and Walsall Council.
In August 2011 the next chapter of the ongoing regeneration of the park was completed with the opening of a new £250,000 new interactive water play facility to replace the outdated lido facility. The project was funded via a successful application to the Big Lottery Fund and capital funding from Walsall Council
More recently a new café in the park has opened in the park pavilion. For the current season (until September 2016) the café is open during weekends and school holidays from noon till dusk, weather permitting.
The cafe, run by Walsall Council’s Catering Services serves a range of hot and cold drinks, traditional snacks and hot savoury items.
An ice cream vendor is located in the park each day, weather permitting.
The long term management, maintenance and development of the park is guided by a ten year Management and Maintenance Plan which was updated in January 2010. The Management and Maintenance Plan sets out the council’s vision and aims for the park and how these will be achieved.
Park Pavilion (available for hire)
Children’s Play Area with water splash pad
A whole week of fun and activity for the whole family running from Monday, 8 to Friday, 12 August.
Walsall Green Spaces Facebook page
Willenhall Memorial Park are holding a series of free musical events this summer for the whole family to enjoy at the park’s bandstand.
Organised by Walsall Council's Clean and Green in partnership with The Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, and support from Walsall Area Partnership, the afternoon concerts at the Green Flag Award-winning Willenhall Memorial Park in Pinson Road will be catering for all musical tastes ranging from jazz to choirs.
On Sunday, 24 July there is Big B Swingtet playing from 2pm – 4pm. This five piece jazz swing band will be covering songs from the greats such as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitgerald.
For fans of vocal harmony there is Miss Fortune, a vocal harmony girl group united by a love of singing, dancing and all things vintage who will be performing on Sunday, 31 July between 2pm – 4pm.
Rock and pop fans can look forward to hearing Spaghetti Machete on Sunday, 7 August as they fill the park with the sounds of the 70s and the decades after.
Families will enjoy free activities each day from 8 to 12 August between 2pm – 4pm and on Sunday, 14 August there is ‘church in the park’ and their musical friends.
Sunday, 21 August there is Help, a five piece middle of the road band who will be playing their renditions of Beatles classics.
Sunday, 28 August Salvation Army Band.
The Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park will be running the Pavilion Cafe during all of the events with refreshments available to enjoy in the pavilion, or take away.
Weather permitting, the summer splash pads will also be open, so come along and have a fabulous day out for all the family.
Informal bowling activities:
Tuesday nights – 6 weeks up to 2 August,
Wednesday afternoons to the end of the summer season.
£1 per bowler, refreshments available
The Boaters community fishing group work in partnership with Walsall Council to support the environment around the fishing pool.
Daily fishing or membership can be purchased from any of the five bailiffs who regularly patrol.
Run by Friends of the Park volunteers, open each day throughout the summer holidays (weather permitting), from mid morning to mid afternoon.
Light refreshments available, including home made cakes
Coffee morning each Wednesday from mid morning.
Open daily from 11 to 3pm throughout the summer holidays.
Further information and links:
Walsall Council Environmental Improvement Team
Ask for us on 01922 653344