Built in the early 1970s to serve the planned new development of Chelmsey Wood, Meriden Park is a park of contrasts. Although it has a busy playground, skate park, outdoor gym and the award winning Meriden Adventure Playground, it is still possible to escape the hustle and bustle in its quiet woodland and wetland areas.
playground and skate park
ancient woodland and wetland area
cafe (at adventure playground)
free car park
Meriden Park (the name reflecting its original location within the area of the former Meriden Rural District Council) was created along the shallow valley of the Kingshurst Brook. The original lake is being converted into a wetland to improve the water flow in the brook and provide new wildlife habitats.
The park has a mixture of formal and informal uses including one of the three children's playground along the 3Parks route. Very visible is the large Meriden Adventure Playground. This is a community run supervised play facility. You can find out more opening times and age ranges at the MAPA website. There is a small cafe available when the playgound is open and several others in nearby Chelmsley Wood town centre.
Chelmsley Wood was an ancient woodland and local beauty spot which was largely lost to new development in the 1960s, although a fragment of the wood remains next to the park's car park as Chelmsley Wood Local Nature Reserve and nearby Alcott Wood also survives a short distance along the 3Parks route.