Kingsway Gardens can be found on the western entrance to Scunthorpe. It's one of Scunthorpe's larger parks and is around four hectares in size.
Scunthorpe Borough Council developed it in the early 1950s to provide an attractive entrance to Scunthorpe. But sadly over the years it has become run-down and in need of reinvigorating.
Working together with the local community, the council brought it back to life. This culminated in the park winning a Green Flag for the last three years. It now has dog-walking areas, a children's play area, beautiful formal gardens with carpet and shrub beds, a tree bank and park furniture. The site benefits from all year-round access.
The park provides a safe environment for all age groups to enjoy. And there's also a strong community appreciation for the park. Here are a few of its main features:
Children's play area
The playground has modern swings, a see-saw, springers, roundabouts, slides and a climbing frame - all with rubber matting.
Annual bedding is very popular in the park and has been re-introduced, returning the formal gardens back to their formal glory. 15 formal flower beds have been designed and developed on the elevated site. The bedding schemes are changed for both summer and spring floral displays.
The park's hedgerows are predominantly privet and hawthorn. These provide a natural ideal habitat for various forms of wildlife. And they're protected from damage by security fencing.
Trees and tree bank
The mature trees in the park are old and interesting varieties. The tree bank is on the southern edge of the park, adjacent to the main A18 road. This also consists of varied mature species of trees and provides a sound barrier to traffic noise.
Bat boxes have been installed in some of the trees to help encourage wildlife habitats. And various other common birds live in the tree bank, along with squirrels.
The park has around 4,193 linear metres of paths. These wide footpaths allow cyclists to travel through the park.
Benches are situated throughout the park and are of traditional cast concrete and wooden slats.
Bins are also provided in ample quantities. All of the bins are emptied on a daily basis, along with dog waste bins.
Finally the park also has toilet facilities too, located near the children's playground.