Whitby Park has been awarded Green Flag
status, a prestigious award which is the national benchmark for parks and open spaces. This indicates that the park has fulfilled the judging criteria and is a safe, welcoming and well maintained park offering a range of recreational and leisure opportunities for people of all ages.
Whitby Park is the main green space in Ellesmere Port offering a range of activities. The park is ideal for family picnics, dog walking and participating in sporting activities. It has facilities for young people, regularly hosts community events and has an active Friends group.
There are three areas of the park which promote native flora and fauna. The main pond is located in front of Whitby Hall and fishing is permitted at this pond. Behind the bowling greens is a grassland habitat area with interpretation panels. On the far side of the park on Park Drive there is a small woodland copse. All of these areas have relaxed maintenance regimes to encourage the establishment of various insects, mammals and birds. There is also a Field of Hope, a commemorative feature which was established by the Friends group and Marie Curie Cancer Care. During the spring a display of daffodils can be seen to remember those people who have been touched by cancer.
Whitby Park is located off Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9AQ.
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Parking and access
The main entrance for pedestrians and vehicles is from Stanney Lane. Parking, including disabled provision, is available for park and Epic Leisure Centre users, except when the fun fair is in residence.
There is an accessible circular route through the park which is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. There are also drop curbs and disabled toilets and some of the play equipment is designed disabled children.
There are public toilets at the rear of Whitby Hall opposite the bowling green. They are opened and closed each day with opening times advertised on the notice boards.
The play area is located at the Stanney Lane entrance and provides a range of stimulating play equipment for children up to 12 years of age. It is inspected on a weekly basis and is a dog free area.
Installed in 2008, the Wheels Park facility caters for BMX riders, skateboarders and inline skaters. Facilities include half pipe; quarter pipe; wall; table, and grind bank.
Riders are advised to wear safety equipment and helmets for their own protection when using these facilities. It is inspected weekly and is a dog free area.
There is a multi use games court for casual sports activities such as football; basketball, netball or hockey and there are three quality bowling greens hosting local clubs and competitions. They are also available for casual play. For more information on bowling please telephone 0151 356 6992.
The park has two tarmac tennis courts available for use from April to October. They are free to use on a first come, first served basis, just bring your own equipment. Occasional organised tennis activities take place.
There are two climbing boulders by the tennis courts. They are ideal for developing basic climbing and scrambling techniques and are free to use.
There are a number of football pitches available for hire during the season. For more information on local clubs and hire charges please telephone 0151 356 6992.
Exploring further afield
Stanney Woods Local Nature Reserve is just a little further along the B5132, and a short walk away from Whitby Park. Explore its ponds and scrapes. Perhaps you’ll even get a glimpse of the wildlife of this wet woodland.