George Bancroft Park, Blackpool

George Bancroft Park at Seasiders Way

You’ll find George Bancroft Park near to Blackpool Football Club, off Seasiders Way. It’s stand-out landmark is the climbing tower with ‘Blackpool’ spelled out in big letters!

Climbing Tower at George Bancroft Park, at Seasiders Way Blackpool
Climbing Tower at George Bancroft Park, at Seasiders Way Blackpool

What’s at George Bancroft Park?

The planting and trees make for an attractive gateway to the town, for motorists arriving from the main motorway network.

We went to take a look at Seasiders Way and the park on a crisp and sunny November day –

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At the Blackpool end of Yeadon Way, after driving underneath the railway bridge, the park is an attractive green space on your right. Beds and borders line the edges of the large surface car park which caters to the many thousands of visitors each year.

Gardens at George Bancroft Park
Gardens at George Bancroft Park

As well as gardens and children’s play area, George Bancroft Park has an enclosed basketball and five-a-side football court.

Children's playground and park facilities
Children’s playground and park facilities

More unusually there are also two 20 metre high towers, with the words ‘Blackpool’ emblazoned on them. They’re a beacon to welcome people to town, and a piece of sculpture in their own right. But they’re actually a climbing tower and bouldering wall!

Climbing Tower at George Bancroft Park
Climbing Tower
Community Building in the park
Community Building in the park, also a bouldering wall

The park is part of Blackpool’s “Central Gateway”. The project has gradually adapted derelict railway land which trains once used to arrive at Blackpool Central railway station. It’s now an attractive access road with modern facilities to get you into the holiday mood.

Looking along Seasiders Way, Blackpool is behind you in this photo
Looking along Seasiders Way, Blackpool is behind you in this photo

The final piece of the railway line jigsaw is the redevelopment of what’s currently Central car park. That’s the big space between Seasiders Way and Coral Island, earmarked for a multi-use leisure space.

Where to Find the Park

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Building George Bancroft Park

This municipal park and garden was created in Blackpool in 2006. That was almost 80 years after Stanley Park, the town’s last major park, was constructed.

Name stone at George Bancroft Park, Blackpool
Name stone at George Bancroft Park, Blackpool

It’s named after George Bancroft – a former leader of Blackpool Council who died in 2001.

The park was ceremonially opened by designer and TV personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on 24 May 2006.

Plaque dedicating the opening of the park
Plaque dedicating the opening of the park

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