West Smethwick Park
West Smethwick Park in Smethwick has a fishing pool, children’s play area, a multi-use games area, exercise equipment, sports pitches, sports changing rooms and a pavilion.
The 50-acre park was opened in September 1895 on land donated by local industrialist James Chance of Chance Brothers Glassworks. Surviving historic features include the main gates, the Chance memorial and the drinking fountain.
This is probably the most exciting time for the park since it was opened. We have submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Parks For People grant and we expect to hear if we have been successful by autumn 2017.
Our plans for the project include:
- Restoring the memorial to James Chance which is a Grade II-listed structure built in 1987.
- Refurbishing the wall and piers and recreating gates and railings at the entrance gateways in West Park Road and Victoria Road.
- Restoration of the drinking fountain.
- Creating a new event area at the bandstand.
- Constructing a new boathouse.
- Upgrading the multi-use games area.
- Nature conversation improvements including woodland, grassland and wetland works.
- New outdoor gym equipment.
We hope to secure funding for a five-year programme of outdoor and indoor activities as part of round two of the Lottery grant.
The new pavilion will form the centrepiece of the restoration and the building will have toilets, a café, seating area and large community areas that will be used for events and activities.
The lower level will be below ground opening out onto a new events area. The total floor space for both levels will be approximately 500m2. The roof will be a sedum green roof with a central light box that will reflect natural light into both the upper and the lower floors of the building.
The idea of the light box is for visitors to learn about the Chance Glass factory in Smethwick and the manufacture of glass that was used in lighthouses all over the world and for many stained-glass windows. The small pavilion will remain in the park.
If you'd like to find out more about the project or become a friend of the park, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0121 569 3792.