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Sandall Park, Doncaster

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Sandall Park is a park in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. The park covers 69 acres and is located in Wheatley and is the one of the biggest leisure parks in Doncaster.HistoryBefore 1841 the land was the site of a brick works and the lake is a result of the extraction of clay from the area. It was 1940 before the park was officially opened as a park.FeaturesThe Park plays host to 3 football pitches, 1 fishing lake which prior to 1980s the lake had small boats for park users to use hence the park is known locally as the 'Boating Lake' which is now used for angling. There is also a smaller pond named 'the bog pond'. 2 playgrounds one of which has been newly created with funding from central government through the playbuilder scheme and the Veolia Environmental Trust the playground includes equipment which encourages children's balance and fitness and a children’s play train which reflects the heritage of the park as there was once a children's train in the park which was removed in the late 1970s. There are also 3 fitness trails with fitness equipment.Friends of Sandall ParkThe Friends of Sandall Park is a registered charity formed in 2003 which is committed to the promotion, support, assistance and regeneration of the park. In 2011 the group won the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The award which is the equivalent to an MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group was made for their continued efforts in the park which benefits both park visitors and wildlife. The group has also won awards locally including the pride in Doncaster Love Where You Live Award 2012, Doncaster Free Press Community Environmental Award.
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  • Have been here for Breakfast and for Dinner you get good food and good portions and the food is hot and very good; Staff very helpful and plesent ;  more »
  • nice friendly park with lots of info boards on the wildlife around you. Great educational visit for children. Lots of ducks and a heron round the lake. Cheap eats cafe and lots of benches to bring you...  more »
  • Such a lovely park, easily one of the best in Doncaster. The volunteers do such a lovely job of maintaining everything in the park and the toilets well done! Only thing that could make the park better...  more »
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  • Simply because I used to come here as a kid and now I take my daughter and she loves it, just a shame they don't hire boats out now which I realise was years ago. They used to have rowing boats here then peddle boats then it just shut up shop. It's a shame because you could do so much with this park and lake.
  • It's in a great location. Very spacious. Small pond. Lots of birds. Good for children. Cleanliness was average.
  • So many changes have been made to the park and activities such as bouncy castles donkey rides adventure games and more great for the kids
  • Good for a walk and stretch if the legs. Free parking. They also do parkrun here on a Saturday morning!
  • Great park with lovely lakes,ducks and a great cafe. Well maintained too.