Parks and open spaces - information and advice

alvaston lakeThere are over 300 parks and open spaces across Derby, covering almost 700 hectares of land. 

In Derby, we have the first and oldest surviving public park in England, the Arboretum, which was donated to the people of Derby in 1840 by local mill owner and former Mayor Joseph Strutt.

There is something for everyone in Derby's parks from play areas and skate parks to nature reserves and a butterfly garden.

Our parks are a great place to get healthy: they are open to everyone and are free to use. Stay active by taking a walk, playing football or golf, or using our free outdoor gyms which are called 'adiZones'.

We also have lots of events taking place on our parks and open spaces throughout the year - have a look at our events programme for more information.

Please note - we do not allow the use of barbecues in our parks as they can damage the grass and remain hot for a considerable time after use. If left unattended, they can be a hazard to other park users and to the wildlife. Please respect your parks.

For more information contact Derby City Parks contact us.

Where are the parks and open spaces?

See our map of Derby's Parks

Here are some of our parks and open spaces, as well as some of our parks' friends group websites...


  • Markeaton Park: Four disabled toilets
  • Allestree Park: 1 Gents & 1 Ladies in Hall toilets.
  • Chaddesden Park: 1 cubicle.
  • Chellaston Park: 1 cubicle in building.
  • Darley Park: 1 cubicle.
  • Darley Playing Fields: 1 cubicle.
  • Arboretum: 1 cubicle in building.
  • Sinfin Park: 1 cubicle in building.

Please be aware that Parks buildings have limited opening so all facilities are only available when Parks buildings are in use.

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Post address:
Community Leisure
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 640789
Minicom: 01332 640666
Community Leisure
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street