Users of Eastwood Park in Hasland are celebrating after it received its first Green Flag award.
The park, which is owned and maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council, is one of five parks and open spaces in the borough which has received the award run by the charity Keep Britain Tidy on behalf of the government.
The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.
Eastwood Park, a Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, reopened in June 2013 after a redevelopment funded by the council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.
This included work on restoring the fountain, creating a community garden, mini orchard, rose garden, wildlife area, a new play area for children as well as improvements to the car park, footpath, drainage and war memorial.
Work was also carried out to Hasland Village Hall. A new sports pavilion opened in the park this year with the work carried out by the council’s builders and apprentices.
Eastwood Park also has an active friends group and community gardeners.
The other parks in Chesterfield, which have retained their Green Flags are:
- Queen’s Park
- Holmebrook Valley Park
- Poolsbrook Country Park
- the grounds of Chesterfield and District Crematorium
Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "I’m pleased that Eastwood Park has been awarded a Green Flag Award to complement our other four award-winning parks.
"Eastwood Park is well used with a thriving friends group and community garden who take great pride in the park.
"I’d also like to thank our staff who have worked hard throughout the year to maintain each of our parks."
International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd added: "We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme."