Acton Park is situated around ½ a mile north of Wrexham Town Centre in a relatively densely populated urban area. The park as we see it today covers 24 hectares (64 acres). It is managed by the Parks, Countryside and Rights of Way section of the Environment & Panning Department of Wrexham County Borough Council.
The park once formed the grounds of Acton Hall and many of the landscape features remain with the lake and various notable trees been the most prominent. The park is made up of large areas of open parkland, woodland and the lake in addition to a range of sports and play facilities. The park has a small number of formal planted areas.
The lake provides the centre feature of the park. It was originally constructed using puddled clay in the 18th Century but during the 1970s, the pond was drained and butyl lined. Fishing is popular on the lake with the Acton Park Community Angling Club been the resident club. Fishing is restricted to members and day tickets anglers. Day Tickets are available from fishing tackle shops in the Wrexham area. (The lake is closed for fishing during the Wildfowl nesting period.) A wetland area exists and supports a diverse range of wildlife.
The park has a good network of paths. The paths are finished in a mixture of surfaces with the majority tarmac. The paths offer good access to all areas of the site.
Children’s Play Areas
The park has a modern play area for Toddlers and Juniors. The area is fenced to prevent access by dogs and safer surface is provided beneath the play equipment.
The bowling green is home to the Cunliffe Bowling Club. The bowling season runs from April - September.
There are two tarmac tennis courts in the park. The courts are free to use and are open all year round.
Wild Flower Areas
There are various areas managed to encourage wildflowers and biodiversity in the park. These areas have been planted with native wild flowers and are left uncut during the summer. The areas assist in providing habitats for insects and other fauna.
There are three parking areas for a limited amount of vehicles located off Herbert Jennings Avenue, off Tapley Avenue and behind the Cunliffe Pub on Jeffery’s Road.
The park was originally designed as a piece of parkland to provide hunting and other forms of amusement for the 18th century owners of Acton Hall, the Cunliffe family. The park was formally enclosed by a boundary wall between 1790 and 1792. The park today only covers around 20% of its original area of 127 hectares (314 acres). A large part of the original parkland was built over for housing between the 1920’s and 1970’s. Acton Hall was one of a string of important estates around Wrexham built at this time and has a rich history. George Jeffreys later to become George Jeffrey’s 1st Baron of Wem was born there in 1645. Better known as ‘The Hanging Judge’ which reflected the harsh sentences he handed down to followers of Monmouth’s rebellion in 1685.
Stepping forward in time, the park hosted the first playing of the Welsh FA Cup in 1878 that saw Wrexham win. The park served as a training ground during both World Wars and it was in 1918 that diamond merchant Sir Bernard Oppenheimer bought the park and sold part of it to the Wrexham Council for housing. Twelve small holdings were also developed for veterans of the First World War in response to the Homes for Heroes campaign. Oppenhiemer also established a diamond cutting and polishing factory on the parkland but this closed in 1923 two years after his death. William Aston a leading furniture maker was the next owner of the park and hall and he used the hall as a show room for his range of furniture. This enabled public access to the hall and park for the first time. People were able to enjoy boating on the lake, a lakeside tea room, the oriental garden and theatre performances. The Second World War halted all these and the site was used as a base and training facility for servicemen of all nationalities.
Unfortunately the hall and grounds did not fare well during this friendly occupation and were eventually presented to Wrexham Borough Council in 1947. The council developed new facilities to service the growing population, including a bowling green, tennis courts and play areas. Unfortunately due to its poor state the hall was demolished in 1956 and 1957 and other features such as the Japanese Bridge over part of the lake was lost. House building continued on the park until the 1970’s and more recently apartments have been developed on the site of the former hall, recreated in a similar style.
Acton Park provides events throughout the year. You can view or download a copy of our events programme or see on site information boards for details.
Friends of Group
Would you like to have your say in the future of Acton Park, if so why not join 'The Friends of Acton Park'.
The 'Friends of Acton Park’ were formed in 2008 and has been successful in raising money to spend on the park for items such as picnic benches plus a range of other projects. The group also volunteer regularly to help maintain the park.
If you would like to help with:
- Practical conservation work / gardening
- Helping with events
- Fund raising
Acton Park has volunteers working throughout the year. They contribute a great deal of time and effort to the park and are very much appreciated.
The groups work on many different tasks which have included;
- Vegetation clearance
- Weeding / Pruning
- Litter Picking
There are volunteer mornings held in partnership with the Friend group once a month. For more information and/or to become a volunteer please call 01978 763140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Scheme started in 1996. To be eligible for green flag status sites must be freely accessible to the public and have a site management plan.
Judging is done against the following 8 criteria:
- A welcoming place
- Healthy, safe and secure
- Clean and well maintained
- Conservation and heritage
- Community involvement
- And management
Winning sites are given a flag and certificate to display and are featured on the Green Flag website. The award is valid for one year.
Acton Park first gained the full Green Flag award in 2016. The park achieved Community Green Flag status between 2012 & 2014.