Many thanks to The Parks Team at Sandwell Borough Council for their hospitality to Midlands Parks Forum members on our recent visit in March 2023.


A tour of the heritage site at Sandwell Valley, including walled garden and visitor centre, included a case study of the new Urban Bike Park.  The afternoon included a presentation and tour of the Parks for People Project at West Smethwick Park.


The Parks for People Project is a major improvement to the park, since its opening in 1895 and includes restoration of features such as memorials, walls, gates and railings, boathouse, drinking fountain and the construction of the new West Smethwick Park Pavilion. The project also has a new Community Engagement Coordinator, who is engaging with communities on activities, events, and bookings for the West Smethwick Pavilion and park facilities.

 See photographs, case study, presentation and video below.