About Pheonix Park
Located inside the Windmill Hill Ward is the fabulous Green Flag Awarded Pheonix Park. The huge public space is one of the new town’s greatest assets, with children of all ages regularly using the plethora of facilities within the park.
The kid’s playground is divided into two areas, one for under 5’s and another for older children. Each area has a great range of equipment to amuse the kids, with slides, climbing frames, seesaws, spring riders, merry-go-rounds and different swing sets. Just a bit further up from the playground area is the climbing boulder, a concrete bowl skatepark and a multi-sports zone, where you’ll often find kids playing football or basketball.
Along with the lush green scenery, Pheonix Park has a picturesque reservoir where you can go to enjoy a picnic on the benches provided and sample the beautiful surroundings.
As part of the Mersey Forest, there is a rich array of wildlife in and around Phoenix Park. Take a gander along the lake and canal in the northern part of the park you may see various types of animals, such as dragonflies, geese and swans. The natural habitat is home to plenty of aesthetically pleasing flora too, with wild pansies, ox-eye daisies and bluebells catching the eye.
For more images of the park, you can visit our gallery area of this website. Through images, local budding photographer Chloe Thain takes you on a virtual tour around the park, starting at the car park entrance on the Castlefields side and ending beside the canal near Lockgate West in Windmill Hill.
THE URBAN CYCLE CAFE & BAR
The exceptionally designed park also has a modern Urban Cycle Cafe, where kids can be treated to light refreshments and slush puppies to help cool them down on a sunny day, after all of their adventures within the park.
The Urban Cycle Cafe is an ideal stopping place for local bicycle enthusiasts, with the park being one of the key locations to encourage and sustain cycling for people who live and/or work in Knowsley or Halton.
Both Knowsley and Halton Councils have teamed up to provide a number of free cycling related activities at different venues across the two boroughs, such as Freewheeling Cycle Training Sessions, Group Led Rides, PedalAway Rides and Bite Size Bike Fix Courses.
The free cycling support courses and events are funded by both Halton Council and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council through the Liverpool City Region STEP funding, supporting the Government Growth Deal via the Local Enterprise Partnership.
New to the much-loved Urban Cycle Cafe is a Bar area for older visitors. The new facility often hosts live entertainment, with local acts taking to the stage. Please feel free to check out their Twitter page for more information:
PARTY IN THE PARK
There is also an annual get together at the park called, “Party in the Park”. The event is put on by the Liverpool Housing Trust in partnership with Plus Dane Group and Halton Council. It is held on the first Friday in August and runs from noon until 4 o’clock. The free fun-filled extravaganza has grown from strength to strength in each of the previous nine years it’s been held and attracts visitors from all over the Liverpool City Region.
“Our annual party in the park event is a great way of bringing members of the local community together. This event has become a popular fixture on the Runcorn calendar over the last few years, and this year will be no different. With so many great activities taking place in the park, it promises to be a fun-filled day out for the whole family.”
Regeneration Officer for the Liverpool Housing Trust – Jane Smith (2016).