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The Park Develops

Although the park was officially opened in 1920, there was still a lot of work to do to change it from farming land to a park. The council started to mow the meadow and created the two sets of allotments you can see today. In 1922  the council took over the farmhouse (by the bowling greens in the quarry) and the last farming tenant left. Also that year Northcliffe Golf Club leased the top field on condition they would let the public play on the new course and the links ran all the way down the current meadow to near to the back of the houses on Lynton Drive.

A children's playground was built in the top field near to the boundary wall with Old Spring Wood, there was a huge slide and other  equipment; (see photo) you can still see the concrete bases today. The land in the park was drained and cricket, ladies hockey and football pitches were laid out and rented to 5 ladies hockey clubs and 6 football teams. Then the council made a pond in the woods and built a bandstand for summer concerts which ran ever week in the summer. Many bands came and played, they couldn't charge admission and often complained that people didn't donate very much. The park was used by groups such as the League of Nations and the Windhill Industrial Co-Op held it children's gala on the playing fields and many churches used the woods and meadows. The main gates were put in and included a bust of Sir Norman Rae, but they had to move a kiosk to get the main entrance sorted. Towards the end of the decade the golf club wanted to stop the public using the links and asked to put up barbed wire fences. The council refused and agreed to terminate their lease.