West Park is the largest, and one of the most popular public park’s in Goole, covering more than 32 acres.
Opened in 1923, the park was initially funded with monies from the Unemployed Grants Committee at a cost of £15,500. The original landscape featured a range of buildings including a bandstand, two shelters, a tearoom and public conveniences, with ample outdoor space for bowls, lawn tennis (both grass and hard court), football and hockey. A large paddling and model yacht pool provided a focal point for visitors with a well-equipped children’s play area complementing the other facilities on offer.
In 1926, as the town of Goole celebrated its centenary, West Park became the centre of the celebrations, which included a week of processions and events that calumniated in a magnificent pageant.
A few years later, in 1933, the park was once again thrust into the spotlight as HRH Prince George visited the town and planted an Oak tree to commemorate the occasion.
To this day, the Oak tree enjoys pride of place in the park, however the plaque is now displayed in Goole Museum.
Over the years the park has seen many changes to accommodate the challenges of modern play and sporting trends, yet the basic layout has remained the same.
In 2013, with the help of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Goole Town Council started a programme of work that would breath new life in to the park while maintaining its character and heritage.
The work included refurbishing the Airmyn Road gates and fencing; resurfacing paths and car parks; restoring the original Bandstand with the addition of an electricity supply; redeveloping the main pavilion to include indoor toilets, office space and a community café, extending drainage across the park and improving security on site with the introduction of CCTV,
The works will ensure that the park is able to meet the challenges of the 21t Century and beyond, responding to the needs of the community as it has since 1923.
A Big Thank You....
In May 2016 four hedgehog boxes were built and supplied for free by Les Underwood and the Rotary Club thank you to them for their fantastic generosity. Look out for the boxes around the park space
Thanks to all who voted for West Park in the Tescos Bags for Life Scheme at Goole Tescos. We are delighted to win the funding bid and look forward to starting work on the play area refurbishments very soon. Watch this space..
Friends of West Park was recently established as a constituted charitable organisation to support the continued rejuvenation of the park. Meeting at least once a month either at the park or the Junction, the group meet to discuss ideas to move the park forward, plan events and fundraisers to promote a wider use of the local space. Friends of West Park are made up of councillors, local supporters, community and charity workers committed to make the most of the potential West Park's recent refurbishment offers.
To find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit 'West Park Goole' Facebook page.
***New West Park Café 2017 Opening Times***
The Café will be closed each Monday in 2017 until the spring but will try to remain open on all the other days but this is reliant on people using the café.
Sunday - 10am-4pm
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 10am-2pm
Wednesday - 10am-2pm
Thursday - 10am-2pm
Friday - 10am-2pm
Saturday - 9am - 4pm
Contact 07926545123 for further information or check out the West Park Café page on Facebook.