who we are

supporters We are a group of local residents and park users who want to help develop and improve Victoria Park for the enjoyment of everyone in the local community. Our 8-strong Executive Committee includes 7 parents (3 grandparents), 3 users of VP Tennis, 2 dog walkers, a park cyclist and a skateboarder, so we hope to be covering most of the key interests of Victoria Park users.

Download our Executive Committee list

our campaign

yes to bowls england, no to cars in the parkWe came together as a loose-knit campaigning group in in 2013 to oppose poorly controlled parking of caravans and cars on Victoria Park throughout August during the National Bowls Championships. With the massive support of over 1,500 signatories to our petition and presentations to Warwick District Council, we ensured that caravan parking was moved elsewhere and car parking occupies a much reduced area and is much better managed than previously.

moving forward

picnic in the park Now Friends of Victoria Park is moving to the next stage – becoming a formal organisation dedicated to helping our local authorities use park funds in line with park user priorities. We have already held very positive meetings with Warwick District Council and expect to be part of a project team that will plan for further development of the Park.

constitution

We now have a constitution and an initial Executive Committee that is open for further nominations.

Key points from the constitution include:

  • - Membership open to all who are interested in helping us achieve our aim of improving the facilities and appeal of Victoria Park
  • - Annual subscription is £3 for over-16s and £5 for families
  • - Every member has a vote at general meetings
  • - We are administered by an Executive Committee of 4-8 members elected at annual General Meetings 

Victoria Park

Set in 18.5 acres of greenspace running alongside the River Leam, Victoria Park was opened in 1899 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and provide more recreation space for the growing town. An open space, popular with dog walkers, is bounded by a half mile running\walking circuit. Sports facilities include the adjoining world-class bowling greens, home to the Bowls England National Championships, six tennis courts, a skatepark and an extensive play area and paddling pool for smaller children.

2016 saw the introduction of new play equipment – a see-saw, a rotating swing and climbing logs - as well as a magnificent 45 metre long skatepark that was initiated by a resourceful group of local skateboarders.

Useful links

Warwick District Council for details of Park facilities and activities

VP Tennis

Bowling Club

Ripride Skate Shop

Love Parks (national organisation)