Ipswich supports #LoveParksWeek 2022

Published29th July 2022

Ipswich supports #LoveParksWeek 2022

With so many beautiful parks across our town, Ipswich Borough Council is pleased to celebrate what we love about our parks for #LoveParksWeek from 29 July to 2 August.

Three of our parks received National ‘Green Flag’ awards this year. Christchurch Park, Holywell’s Park and Bourne Park were all recognised by ‘Keep Britain Tidy’ for being clean and well maintained, with each park presented with a flag for display.

Did you know that Christchurch Park was the first public park in Ipswich? Opened in 1895 it can be found in pride of place at the very heart of Ipswich near the town centre.

Chantry Park is the largest town park in Ipswich extending over 124 acres including parkland and wildlife areas and hosted a series of Ed Sheeran concerts in 2019.

Holywell’s Park has a wonderful history dating back to medieval times and is on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.

Bourne Park, in south-west Ipswich, has a beach theme play area with a pirate ship and sandcastle climbing frame plus Sahara-desert-themed paddling pool popular with families in the school holidays and is a route enjoyed by lots of local dog walkers.

Work started recently to construct a new play area in the Castle Hill area of town with a Roman Villa theme and that is set to open in Autumn 2022. The new play area will be suitable for all ages and abilities and is the first delivered as part of Ipswich Borough Council’s Play Area Strategy 2022-2027.

Councillor Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment & Climate Change, says:

“We love and are hugely proud of our parks in Ipswich, working hard to maintain them for public enjoyment and host events to bring people together in celebration. With 12 walking routes available and something special about each one, they are gems to be treasured and looked after. Please love our parks, too.”

Find out more about the 12 park walk routes (at Alexandra Park, Bixley Heath Site of Special Scientific Interest, Bourne Park, Braziers Meadow and Wood, Bridge Wood, Chantry Park, Gippeswyk Park, Holywells Park, Landseer Park, Stonelodge Park, the Dales Local Nature Reserve and Orwell Country Park) online at Park Walks | Ipswich Borough Council.