It’s the big day today as Hall Leys Park celebrates its 100th birthday.
And there are plenty of ways to join in the fun and help celebrate the park’s centenary – so get down to the park and join in the fun!
A commemorative tree will be planted by the chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Cllr Judith Twigg, at around 12.30pm. The lime tree will be planted on Broadwalk, between the Olde English footbridge and the main Matlock Bridge.
Year 4 pupils from All Saints School, Matlock, are coming down to the park at 12.30pm to take part in a number of activities including putting the finishing touches to a celebratory floral display created by the parks’ team.
The day will also see the launch of a new Walking for Health group that will meet every Thursday at 10am at the bandstand in the park for a 30 to 60 minute walk around the park and the town centre.
The new walk – the tenth to be set up by the district council, which manages the park, across the Derbyshire Dales – will be led by qualified walk leaders. The walks are designed to be a mix of gentle exercise and social interaction.
Anyone who shares the park’s birthday – June 23 – is invited to blow out the candles on a cake in the bandstand.
A Mobile Diabetes Unit will be in the park throughout the day – promoted by the Silver Star charity which campaigns for diabetes awareness.
And with fairground rides planned as well, organisers are hoping that the poor weather forecast for Thursday stays away.
The celebrations continue into the weekend with a Midsummer Market from Friday, June 24, to Sunday, June 26, as well as the launch of the regular Bands in the Park event on Sunday.