Derby - Chaddesden Park
w/e 02 April 2017
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Parks! We've been to many in recent years from Country Parks like those at Shipley and Elvaston to large city parks at Wollaton, Alvaston and Markeaton. Then there are those in Erewash such as Long Eaton's West Park and in neighbouroing Amber Valley - Heanor Memorial Park not to mention some in Ilkeston such as Victoria, Cotmanhay Linear and Chaucer Old. For this selection of images we've come across another that we haven't visited previously. It's in a suburb of Derby and is called Chaddesden Park.

Maine Drive

We approached the park along Maine Drive looking resplendent with blossom on the trees and large beds of daffodils.
St Mary's Church

The drive into the park is through a wooded area and it leads to a car park behind St Mary's Church that dates from about the fourteenth century.

The car park also serves the Phillip Whitehead Memorial Library which has been built in Chaddesden Park.

Other ancillary buildings and sports pavilions within the park have been tastefully decorated with artwork.

I suppose there is a fine line between graffiti and art but as the close up of this painting of a kingfisher on one of the walls shows, the decoration here is most definitely in the latter category.

More art can be seen in a mosaic designed and created as the plaque shows by the children from schools in the Derby North East Education Action Zone in March 2005 adding "It takes a whole community to educate a child."
Play Area

The park occupies the grounds of the former Chaddesden Hall, the home of the Wilmot family. The Hall was demolished in the 1920s when the Wilmots sold the estate. Chaddesden was originally a village but residential development meant the village expanded and it became a suburb of Derby in 1968. The park now contains a cricket pitch, several football pitches and a large play area for children.
BMX track

There is also a well used BMX track.

The park is bisected by Chaddesden Brook and a bridge links the two halves.
Nature Area

We crossed the bridge, turned left and followed a path by the side of the brook through the Chaddesden Park Nature Area back to Maine Drive from where we headed back through the wooded area to the car park. Now that we've discovered a new park, I don't suppose it will be the last time we visit.

Chaddesden Park Nature Area Board

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