The Arboretum is Walsall’s premier park, located within half a mile of Walsall Town Centre.
Comprising of some 170 acres, the Arboretum is one of the oldest parks in the Borough opening in 1874 and is listed Grade II on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest maintained by English Heritage.
The core of the park includes some iconic buildings and structures such as the locally listed Arboretum Clock Tower, the Grade II Listed Boathouse, a 1920’s Bandstand and the former Tea Pavilion (Leckie Sons of Rest building). More informal features are located in the south eastern area of the park including a children’s play area and waterplay splash pad, skatepark and trim trail exercise equipment.
The Arboretum is also the venue for a wide range of events and activities many staged and run by local community groups / small charities while the park also attracts travelling circuses and fairs. Other events are organised by the Council and include the Summer Bandstand Programme and annual Bonfire and Fireworks display in November.
In recent years the Arboretum has seen many changes after being awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme. Work on the Arboretum Restoration programme commenced in the park in 2010 and included building restoration works, the building of our Visitor Centre and cafe, major landscaping throughout the historic core of the park, new planting schemes, lighting around the main pathways and youth play provision in the extension.
The park boasts many attractions, from May to September, (weekends, Bank holidays and School Holidays) Swan Pedaloes are available for hire on the lake, the Splash Pad also runs from May – September, see the Arboretum Facebook page for full opening times. Two tennis courts are located in the heritage section of the park, free online booking for the courts here – www.tennisinwalsall.net you must register first before you can book a court.
The Treasure Island play area is very popular with the younger generation and their families as is the Skatepark which is located nearby along with the Arboretum’s multi use games court where basketball and football is played. Their cafe is open daily, weekdays from 10am, weekends from 9.30am and is a perfect stop off for lunch or for that much needed cuppa while admiring the park views.
Contact for events and activities in the park is Mark Hopson. Mark.firstname.lastname@example.org 01922 650465. For day to day park enquiries Park Staff are available on 01922 650466