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October 2002
Markeaton Park - today
General view of Markeaton Park showing the play centre in the background
Markeaton Park
Markeaton Park is the most used leisure facility in the city and is popular with children, adults and families. Located on the west side of the city, it is easily accessible from the A38 and the A52.
Markeaton Park has a variety of facilities for visitors, including a golf course, pitch and putt, boating lake, fishing, children's lake, karting, crazy golf, the Mundy Play Centre, craft village and much more.

A miniature railway is one of the more recent additions to Markeaton Park.

Railway Station
One of the stations serving the miniature railway
Opened in 1996, the ‘Markeaton Lady’ now carries visitors around the park at weekends, Bank Holidays and during school holidays.

In the summer months she sometimes carries over 1,000 passengers a day.

The track - at 15 inches - is less than half the width of a proper railway line and the engine itself is based upon a Welsh Slate Quarry Engine in service in Britain earlier this century.

Perhaps less well known is the fact that Markeaton Park is also home to the City Council’s Nursery, which produces almost half a million bedding plants each year for use around the City.

Although it is generally closed to the public, its doors do open once a year to allow the public a glimpse behind the scenes.

Hear Shane O’Connor talking to glasshouse manager Matt Wigley

Markeaton Park is probably the City’s most popular Park with children.

Boating lake
The boating lake with the Mundy Play Centre in the background
It boasts a vast array of attractions, from the paddling pool which is buzzing in summer to a pitch and putt course, canoeing, slides and swings and much more that form part of the modern Mundy Play Centre

Markeaton Park is also the venue for many different events throughout the year, such as the annual motor and fire engine shows.

A two-day Eco Fest was held there earlier this year, and the firework display at Markeaton Park each Bonfire Night always attracts good crowds.

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