Wardown Park is the jewel in the crown of Luton’s parks with outstanding features, such as the fountain and boating lake, and a rich history. It is one of seven district parks in Luton, providing a green refuge within walking distance of the town centre.
The park provides the setting for Wardown Park Museum and offers a wide range of opportunities for formal and informal recreational activities. The historic significance of the park is acknowledged by its inclusion as Grade II on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, particularly due to the rarity of the combination of Victorian and Edwardian purpose-built design features that make-up the Park.
We owe the existence of the park to a group of local councillors and civic leaders who arranged for the purchase of the house, gardens and land that now forms the Park on behalf of the people of the town over a 100 years ago. Their vision and commitment have left us with a legacy that we have a responsibility to maintain and cherish.
The park is greatly valued by local people and with outstanding features and is one of the most visited parks in Luton. It provides an oasis of calm within walking distance of the town centre.
A recent programme of restoration funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has restored Wardown Park to a standard befitting its importance and popularity.
Community involvement is encouraged through an active ‘friends of the park’ group and with other user groups which make up the ‘park community’.
The iconic Wardown Park Suspension bridge officially re-opened to the public on Thursday 30 July following an extensive repair and renovation.
We spent four months on the project which has fully restored the bridge to its original glory with much of the structural steel work mended and the suspension cables replaced.