The History of Sandbach Park
The early days
The land that now comprises the park was transferred from the Right Honourable Earl of Crewe and others to the Urban District Council for the Urban District of Sandbach in April 1899. The Council and the Earl subsequently entered into a declaration of trust in June 1899 regarding the Earl’s intentions in transferring the land to the Council and stating what is should be used for.
The declaration of trust from 1899 says that the land was transferred to The Council and used for purposes of a public park or a pleasure ground for the people of Sandbach and for no other purpose. The deed allows the Council to let a proportion of the land to clubs/committees for tennis, bowling or other recreation club for a term not exceeding seven years. The deed also goes on to state that the park is to be open to the public every day from 8am to an hour before sunset.
Records show the park was opened in 1901 and has been open to the public continuously throughout this period.
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In 2011 the Park Steering Committee started its programme of improving the facilities within the park with the installation of a junior play area up to the age of 15 containing 5 items of equipment and seating. The toddlers play area then followed within the sensory garden area along with new picnic tables to replace the old toddler equipment that was badly damaged by fire.
The old fire damaged toddler play area was tarmacked/grassed and replaced by a dedicated picnic area on the northern boundary of the park including a picnic bench to include wheelchair users. A vendor selling ice cream and light refreshments is situated in this area to encourage users to extend their stay during weekends and school holidays.
In 2012 the existing tennis courts were up-dated with one court being re-fitted as a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) which provides five a side football, basketball and netball all year round. Additional picnic tables were also provided in this location.
Adjacent to the MUGA an outdoor gym was installed in 2012 with five items of equipment for those aged 13 and over.
The toilet block adjacent to the main entrance was subject to a complete refit in 2012 and now provides for disabled use as well as baby change facilities.
Over 2013/14 seating renovation has taken place along with new wetland habitat area providing different habitats for wildlife. A newly created bespoke boardwalk was constructed not only as a viewing area but a platform for pond dipping or just to sit and enjoy nature.
In 2013 it was identified that footpath restoration and improvement was required. The first phase of this was to reduce the gradient from the access link at Adlington Drive through the park to the main town. This was tendered and completed in November 2014.
Also in 2014 two new junior soccer goalposts were installed to the central field to extend the sports and recreation facility for families to enjoy.
Within the toddler play area a new and sensory garden a border has been redesigned to attract bees, birds and butterflies, with bird feeders in place.
2015 sees a new concrete table tennis table. The latest addition to the park is the new boules pitch located to the South East of the site near to the tennis courts.