Mary Stevens Park is a well loved community asset in Stourbridge. The park receives approximately 1 million visitors per year. It is coming towards the end of a heritage lottery project which involves over £3 million being invested in improvements to the park. The improvements have included restoration of the grade 2 listed park gates, bandstand, War Memorial, Heath Pool, and the creation of a cafe. The park is a hive of activity throughout the year, with daily health and fitness activities, community group events and regular heritage and wildlife activities. Mary Stevens Park was gifted to the people of Stourbridge in 1931 by Ernest Stevens and has deed of gift restrictions in place.
The park is conveniently located half a mile from Stourbridge town centre, and pedestrian routes are well sign posted in the area.
From Stourbridge Town Centre, walk down Market Street with Waitrose on your left. At the end of the street, take the subway beneath the ring road. Walk up Worcester Street, and cross the zebra crossing across Heath Lane by the Plough and Harrow.
The 276 bus stops at Norton Road and Worcester Street.
The park is about ¾ of a mile from Stourbridge bus station.
Stourbridge Junction train station is less than a mile away and is well served from trains from Birmingham and Worcester. There is a sign posted pedestrian route starting by the ticket office.
The postcode for the main entrance and car park is DY8 2AA. Additional parking close to the activity centre is available on Stanley Road, DY8 2DN. Car parking is free but limited and sometimes becomes full, particularly on weekdays and when the weather is very nice. Please be courteous to our neighbours and don’t block local roads.
The park has extensive facilities including:
Large play area
Toilets, and disabled access WC
Café in the tea gardens
Water play feature (seasonal)
Tennis courts and multi-use games area (MUGA) (Closed until spring 2016)
Heath Pool (duck food available from activity centre and cafe)
Crown Green bowls and croquet (charges apply)
Free car parking subject to availability
Stourbridge War Memorial
The park is a great venue for community events; if you would like to use the park for your event please complete the events application form.
We are always happy to have an extra helping hand, and will try and accommodate around individuals availability and interests. In the past volunteers have litter picked, completed surveys, taken photographs, helped at events, supported children’s activities and more besides.
Here, a current volunteer Jess Avery tells us about her experience:
" I started volunteering at Mary Stevens Park in October as my 6th form work experience. As a volunteer I help out with a variety of different tasks, including outdoor practical work, website maintenance and other administrative work. Over the next few months, I am also carrying out a research project, which involves monitoring the quality of water in Heath Pool as it is improved. I am currently studying for my A-levels, and volunteering at the park links in well with my subjects and my interest in natural and earth science. I am really enjoying my time at the park and feel privileged to be part of the improvements work which is taking place."
The friends of Mary Stevens Park are a community group who work to improve the park in various ways, including fundraising for new equipment, volunteering, and supporting events. The friends group meet quarterly at the Crystal Leisure Centre. If you would like to become a friend, please contact the chair Heather Rogers, email@example.com 01384 824939
We welcome the following activities: walking,
jogging, informal games and kickabouts, use of
the formal recreation facilities, visiting the play area,
watching wildlife, walking your dog, sitting and watching
the world go by and enjoying the scenery, responsible cycling
(see the full Cycling Code of Conduct in the Activity Centre).
The following activities are not welcome in the park: unauthorised use of motor
vehicles, use of drugs and drinking of alcohol, vandalism or damage to the park, its
facilities and wildlife, violent or threatening behaviour, fly tipping, dropping of litter, lighting
fires or dog fouling, criminal activity.
If you witness any of these or other undesirable activities you can report them by calling
the Police on 0845 113 500 00 or Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.
In an emergency contact the Police on 999.
Heritage Park Ranger: 01384 815279 firstname.lastname@example.org
Activity Centre: 01384 813963
Parks development: 01384 816991