Coordinates: 50°50′35.53″N 0°10′18.06″W / 50.8432028°N 0.1716833°W / 50.8432028; -0.1716833 Hove Park is a park within the English city of Brighton & Hove. It is also the name of an electoral ward in Brighton and Hove whose population at the 2011 census was 10,602.[1]

Hove Park
View across Hove Park, Hove (October 2010).JPG
TypePublic Park
LocationHove, England
Area40 acres
Operated byBrighton & Hove City Council
Open24 hours
StatusOpen year round

OverviewEdit

A paved path goes all round the park, approximately 1.17 miles (1.89 km) in length, and is often used by walkers and runners. There are also several paved paths cross-secting the park at various points. Brighton & Hove Albion's traditional home, the Goldstone Ground was opposite the park, until it was demolished.

Facilities include a fenced off playground, a football pitch, a basketball court, a climbing boulder and several tennis courts. The park's bowling green is no longer in use. The club pavilion and bowling green has been leased to local health & fitness club Riptide [2] by Brighton and Hove City Council. A cafe operates throughout the year and serves refreshments. Public toilets are located near the cafe.

In the southwest corner lies a rock called The Goldstone. Legend has it[who?] that the devil threw the approximately 20 ton rock there while excavating Devil's Dyke.[3] Towards the north is a sculpture by the environmental artist Chris Drury; Fingermaze [4] is a labyrinth-like design based on a fingerprint, consisting of stones set into the turf.

Panoramic view of Hove Park from South East corner

Hove Park is home to the Brighton Parkrun.

Miniature steam railwayEdit

 
Miniature Steam Railway track

The park includes a 2,000-foot (610 m) long miniature railway operating on a 5-inch gauge, which is open on occasional weekends and bank holidays throughout spring, summer and autumn.[5] The railway is run by the Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers, which was formed from part of Brighton Model Engineers in 1962.

The track was upgraded to use concrete sections following damage caused by the Great Storm of 1987. Each separate section bears a plate detailing the name of the individual who sponsored it.

SourcesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brighton and Hove Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Riptide Health & Fitness Club". Retrieved 12 October 2017.
  3. ^ "The Goldstone". Public Sculptures of Sussex. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  4. ^ "Fingermaze". Public Sculptures of Sussex. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Brighton & Hove Society of Miniature Locomotive Engineers - Trackdays". Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.