In 1910 William Curzon set aside 30 acres of land that was formerly part of his villa (this has now long vanished). The first 12 acres were opened to the public in August 1913, this area being landscaped by William Barron & Son of Borrowash.
Alvaston Park is a picturesque, riverside park covering 85 acres and situated in the south of Derby, about two miles from the city centre.
During the second world war the park was used as a prisoner of war camp, part of which was for Germans and the other for Italians. The Italians worked in the fields of local farmers and the Germans worked at the ordinance depot on Sinfin Lane.
In modern times, you can explore the new Science Garden, enjoy the play area with its zip-slide or relax by the lake or in the cafe. There really is something for everyone to do, take your bike and cycle around the park or try out some tricks on the BMX track, do some exercise at the adiZone outdoor gym or just enjoy a picnic by the lake and river.
Tennis courts have also reopened and are free to use throughout the day with no booking required.
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