Parks and open spaces

Parks and opens spaces questionnaire

The boating lake at Eaton ParkWe'd like to know how you use our parks and opens spaces and what you think about the facilities that are available and the way parks and open spaces are managed and maintained.

Please take the time to tell us what you think, which should take about 10 minutes.

Click here for the online questionnaire

The boating lake at Eaton Park 

The toilets in the parks will be closed on Christmas Day and back open again on Boxing Day
We manage 23 parks, 95 open spaces and 59 natural areas in Norwich.
  • Many of the parks have children's play areas.
  • There is a paddling pool at Wensum Park and a splash park at Waterloo Park, which are open in the summer.
  • Eaton Park has a model boat pond.
  • Wensum and Earlham Parks are riverside parks.
  • There are outdoor sports facilities at a number of parks as well as teenage facilities.
  • A number of popular events are held in the parks every year.
  • Lottery funding has enabled four historic parks — Waterloo, Wensum, Heigham and Eaton — to be restored.
  • Heigham Park, Waterloo Park, Lakenham Recreation Ground, James Stuart Gardens, St Clement's Park, Health Road Play Area and Riverside Walk are locked at 'park closing time'. All other parks remain unlocked but games finish 15 minutes before 'park closing time'. Please ensure enough time is allowed to play any games eg pitch and putt — a minimum of 2½ hours).
  • Locked parks are unlocked by 8am each morning. 


Dogs are welcome in most parks and open spaces as long as they are under control. In some parks, they are only allowed on leads and it is against the law to allow a dog to foul a public space and not clear up after them. Dogs are not allowed in Wensum or St Clement's Parks.

Hiring the parks

The parks, open spaces and facilities can be hired for events.

Wensum Park 

Wensum Park


Vandalism or damage should be reported to Norwich City Council on 0344 980 3333.

For further information on the parks call 0344 980 3333 or email 

Japanese knotweed

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an aggressive perennial weed that was originally brought to Britain as an ornamental plant. It soon escaped and today it grows in a wide range of places, but especially along riverbanks, roadsides and on derelict land.
Japanese knotweed is a serious environmental problem, as it smothers native plants and the wildlife that depends on them and it can contribute to riverbank erosion and flooding. Japanese knotweed can also cause damage to man-made structures including roads, footpaths and even buildings, and eradicating it from development sites is often difficult and expensive.
Although it does not grow from seed in Britain, Japanese knotweed spreads very easily, as even a small stem or root fragment can grow into a new plant. Here in Norwich, Japanese knotweed is currently less of a problem than it is in many other places, but efforts are being made to control it and prevent its further spread.
Japanese knotweed is not dangerous to human health.
For more information on Japanese knotweed, visit the Environment Agency website or the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership website. 

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