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Pearson Park, Kingston-upon-Hull

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Historic Site
Pearson Park, originally known as the People's Park is a park in the west of Kingston upon Hull, England. It is situated about 1.5km north-west of the city centre of Hull with its main entrance on Beverley Road and its western boundary adjoining Princes Avenue.The park was established in 1862 through the gift of land by Zachariah Pearson, and was the first public park in the city.HistoryDuring the Victorian period the lack of or need for public spaces for working classes to exercise, or otherwise enjoy themselves became a public cause; in 1833 a parliamentary select committee on Public Walks published a paper which promoted the need for open green spaces in cities. An early proposal in Hull was for a 4.5mi walk around the town from Humber bank to Humber bank; this re-appeared as the Grand Victoria Promenade Company in 1845, which proposed a wide road and tree lined walk; the scheme did not go ahead, and the Victoria Dock Branch Line was built along a similar route. In the late 1850s an attempt was made to gain the rights to the use of the land of the former Hull Citadel for use as a public space, leading to an unsuccessful suit in the Court of Chancery in 1861 made by the Corporation of Hull against the Government.In 1860 the then Mayor, Zachariah Pearson, donated a 27acre plot to the board of health on the proviso it would be developed as a park. He retained 10acre on three sides of the park, and constructed a road to the land. At this time the land lay outside the urban growth of the town, close to the hamlet of Stepney.
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  • This is a pleasant park - lots of green space, a good play area and a nice pond to potter around. Lots of conker trees in the Autumn as well!  more »
  • This is a beautiful park it suits all ages from children playing to grown ups just sitting and thinking  more »
  • I took my son to try out the swings and he enjoyed the entire playground. The park is a lovely place to stroll. Steer clear of the pond. It may be one of the grossest things I've ever seen. Poor birds...  more »
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  • Fantastic park for a walk, chillax and activities for the whole family. Visiting the atrium gardens is a must!
  • I do like to take my son there and feed the ducks We do sometimes play football or in the sunny days we just go and take some fruit and sunflower seeds it's nice park especially the ground play area for kids :-)
  • Clean spacious park with plenty of open area for walks or picnic. There is a duck pond and a small coffee shop. On the downside, the seating is very worn and much of it has pieces missing. My overall impression is that the park is poorly maintained.
  • Despite all the bad press still fun for the kids.
  • My dog and I love to jog around the perimeter of this Victorian park, and to rootle around in the little wooded area behind the rose garden. The park is well used, and has areas to suit children and adults, and ducks and geese! Unofficial activities you might see here include tightrope walking and lindyhop practice. The ice-cream kiosk is in an unglamorous spot but cheap and refreshing. Toilets and a park-keepers' office are beside it.