People's Park, located on Park Drive in the centre of Grimsby, is the ideal place to relax and watch the world go by. The park sits on 10 hectares of land and in the centre is a lovely lake with mallard, coot, moorhen and Canada geese. The large grassed area is popular for recreational games or to relax and have a picnic.
The avenue of trees is a lovely picture especially when the spring bulbs are out in bloom. The scenery within the park is perfect for photographers and artists alike.
The park has two bowling greens and a croquet lawn, which are cared for by the park staff and are utilised very well.
The park has a Park Manager and two full time members of staff on site to assist the public with any enquiries, ensure the park is maintained to a high standard and deter anti-social behaviour. The Park Manager works alongside the Friends of the Park group to encourage events, activities and educational trips to the park.
Pavilion block opening times
April - September
October - March
||10:00 - 17:00
||09:00 - 16.00
||08:00 - 18:00
||08:00 - 15:30
The children's play area has been updated using Playbuilder funding. It's location has been moved closer to the bandstand and the area left unfenced so that children are able to play more freely without being hemmed in.
The equipment is set out in the shape of a Grimsby trawler, with the climbing net as the funnel, swings as the cabin and trim trail as the sides of the ship.
Bowling greens and croquet lawn
The bowling greens and croquet lawn are available to use from 1st May to 30th September.
If anyone wishes to join the bowling team or croquet team, please telephone the Park Manager on the 01472 325785. If anyone just wishes to come down to play bowls and croquet please contact the Park Manager and a member of staff will arrange to take payment and issue a ticket.
2013/14 Prices per hour per person for each game of bowls are:-
- Adult £1.65
- Child/Senior Citizen/Concession £1.25
- Bowls equipment to hire is 85p per hour per person.
- Please note that there is no bowling on a Sunday.
2013/14 Prices for croquet per game per person are:-
- Adult 95p
- Child/Senior Citizen/Concession 85p.
- Please note that own equipment is needed for croquet unless you are a member of the croquet team.
People's Park is a Green Flag park and has won the award for four years running, putting it amongst the best in the country. The park has also won three Green Heritage awards during the same period.
The park was entered into the Grimsby in Bloom competition in the past two years and has also been runner up in the Civic Environmental awards for ecological and sustainable recognition of the park and new pavilion.
People's Park is a lovely example of a Victorian Park; it was first opened on 17th August 1883. The land for the park was donated by Lord Heneage in 1881, William Barron won a competition to design the park, and this design is still mostly intact today. The design was called Semper Paratus meaning ‘always prepared’. The park sits within the Welholme conservation area and was registered by English Heritage as a park of Special Historic Interest in the year 2000.
People's Park was been brought back to its Victorian splendour with a grant of just under £2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The park was reopened in July 2008.
The work undertaken included:
- Replacing the old 1960 toilet block with a new pavilion with café and toilets.
- A new Gazebo built on the mound overlooking the lake.
- Smethurst memorial statue restored.
- Pathways resurfaced.
- Reinstatement of old planting schemes
Planned work for 2011
- A new play area was completed in April 2011.
- This allows the reinstatement of the Rose Garden where the old play was located.
We always like to know what you thought of your visit to the park, so please feel free to complete one of our Green Stat questionnaires which are located in the café on the park. Your comments are valuable to us.
For more information on organising an event or how to join the Friends of the Park please contact the Park Manager on 01472 325785.
The image shows a Lancaster bomber in the colours of R.A.F. Grimsby called the Phantom of the Ruhr flying over People's Park. It was decided that the new play park would not be fenced in to allow the children to play more freely and not be hemmed in to a set space.