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Leicester - Spinney Hill Park

Leicester - Spinney Hill Park

Located on Mere Road this Victorian park is approximately one mile from the City centre. The site was purchased in 1885 for the creation of a park so that the growing population in the area had a recreation facility near by.

There are 34 acres of sloping parkland, with two popular and well-equipped play areas and an adventure playground. The large grassed areas are suitable for a number of leisure/recreational activities. Sporting facilities include bowling green, tennis and netball.

Money awarded from the Single Regeneration Budget has seen the park's sports pavilion totally refurbished internally. It is available for community groups and members of the public to hire for sporting and non-sporting functions.

Further funding was sought from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Government’s Single Regeneration Budget to restore the park to its former glory.

Historical Information
Over 100 years ago in 1885 the City Corporation were worried about a lack of public open space in this area of Leicester. To solve the problem they bought the Spinney Hill Estate from Mr CS Burnaby. The 36 acreas and 3 rods of land cost £18,000.

Over the next few years, paths were laid out, new trees planted and a pavilion erected. The granite fountain was donated to the city in 1888 by a wealthy market-place pork and cheese merchant and local councillor Mr Samuel Mather.

Other Features
The City Wildlife Project created the nature area during the park's centenary in 1986. They planted over 150 trees. Oak, maple and birch wre planted in the woodland and the water-loving alder and willow beside the brook. Many wildflowers were introduced into a newly dug pond.
 
Parks Sporting Facilities
Bowling green
2 Football pitches
Articficial cricket wicket
Changing facilities
4 Tennis courts
 
Changing Pavilion
Money awarded from the Single Regeneration Budget has seen the parks’s sports pavilion totally refurbished internally.  It is available for community groups and members of the public to hire for sporting and non sporting activities.
 
Room Hire
The bowls pavilion (seats 20) and is available for hire from November to March.
Read here for more information about Sport On Parks facilities
For further details please contact Sport On Parks 0116 233 3028

Play Areas
Two well equipped play areas are available including floodlights.

Address
Spinney Hill Park
Mere Road
Leicester
LE5

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