December 10 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Two Norwich parks have been recognised as of particular national importance by English Heritage.
Waterloo and Eaton parks have been upgraded from grade II to grade II* on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England.
In a national review of registered municipal parks, both were identified as good examples of early 20th-century park design – particularly because they have remained almost unchanged.
Eaton Park was opened in 1928 and Waterloo Park in 1933 and both were designed by Captain Sandys-Winsch, a protégé of the celebrated Edwardian landscape architect Thomas Mawson.
The parks have features and structures of historic interest, including many listed Art Deco buildings.
Councillor Paul Kendrick, cabinet member for parks and open spaces, said: “The regrading of these parks is a reminder of just how lucky we are in Norwich to be surrounded by such a rich heritage.
“There’s a great range of outdoor activities for families and friends at all our city parks, so I hope this news will encourage everyone to get out and enjoy these spaces even more.”
Since their foundation, the city’s parks have continued to offer a range of facilities open to everyone. Eaton Park features bowling greens and tennis, football and cricket facilities, a skate park, pitch-and-putt course and boating lake, while Waterloo Park has three new hard tennis courts, a large play area and splash pad for the summer months.