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Harold Park, Bradford

Harold Park
Type Urban Park
Location Low Moor, City of Bradford, West Yorkshire
Opened 19 September 1885 (1885-09-19)
Etymology Named in memory of Harold Gathorn Hardy
Operated by City of Bradford, Parks and Landscape Services
Open All day, all year round
Awards Green Flag, Yorkshire in Bloom
Website BMDC, Friends of Harold Park

Harold Park is a small urban park in Low Moor, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The park is open all day all year round.[1] To the immediate north of Harold Park is Horsfall Stadium home to Bradford Park Avenue A.F.C. and Albion Sports A.F.C. Park Dam is a short walking distance to the south.

The park has been given a Green Flag Award[2] and the Platinum award from The Royal Horticultural Society Yorkshire in Bloom for open spaces.[3]


The park is named after Harold Gathorn Hardy who died in 1881 at the age of 32. Harold helped establish the family run Low Moor Ironworks.[4] In 1899 a recreation ground was added to the park, while in the early 20th century Low Moor Gala was held raising money for local hospitals.[4] In 1931 Horsfall playing fields were added to the park, in 2014 these became a Queen Elizabeth II Playing fields and also contains Horsfall Stadium.[4]


The park lodge and a small car park are in the east close to the entrance on Park Road, while the other entrance is in the west on Cemetery Road.[1][2][5] Information boards are located around the park.[2]

In the north of the park is a recently built sensory garden funded by Community Spaces and planted by children from local schools,and more recently maintained by Local volunteers and Bradford Park and recreation.[2][6] Also in the north of the park there is a Bowling greens.[1][6][7] To the west of the main lake is a fenced off children's play .Recent new additions include an area with a cable rider,Trim trail, climbing net and climbing wall.[1][2][6]


East of the lodge is a granite obelisk Boer War memorial .[4][6] North of the lodge is a rose garden with a memorial sundial to the memory of cricketer Lieutenant Frank Milligan who died in 1900 at the age of 30, in an attempt to relieve the siege of Mafeking during the Second Boer War.[4]


In the south of the park is a near rectangular dam lake with an area of about 7 acres (2.8 hectares).[4] The lake has a perimeter footpath[1] and in the north an island wildlife refuge.[5][8][9] The lake banks are walled and the lake depth varies from 3 feet (1 m) at the edge to a maximum of 20 feet (6.1 m) and the lake bottom is of stone.[9] The lake is thought to have been a disused quarry, later used as a Victorian boating lake.[9] The main lake is stocked with bream, carp, perch, roach, and tench[5][8] and fishing permits can be purchased.[1] For the bird watcher, birds found in and around the lakes include coot, great crested grebe, mute swan, tufted duck, moorhen, and mallard, and around the park mistle thrush, blackbird, redwing, blue tit, chaffinch and pigeon.[10] For younger visitors there is pond dipping for invertebrates such as caddisfly, damselfly, leech, flatworm, water boatman, and water skater.[11]

A further small dam lake of over 0.6 acres (0.24 hectares) known as Jug Dam is situated in the north of the park.[4]


Events occurring in the park during the year include an Easter egg hunt, Halloween event, a Remembrance service,annual summer Gala and a Carol service.[3][12]


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External links

  • Bradford Metropolitan District Council
  • Friends of Harold Park
  • Walking leaflets: Bradford District Parks.
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