Whatman Park, Maidstone Millennium River Park

Green Spaces And Public Parks In Maidstone

This is our Whatman Park feature. We welcome your comments if you've visited this attraction or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. If you're looking for more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.

About The Parks

Whatman Park is actually part of the Maidstone Millennium River Park, it sits just ten minutes walk from Maidstone town centre. Being so central means its one of the most important recreational facilities in the area. The parks have a host of amenities within an 18 acre site. This green space hugs the banks of the River Medway and is linked by three pedestrian bridges. 1,500 new trees were planted in its creation. The Maidstone Millennium River Park, opened in 2001 and was funded in part by the National Lottery's millennium project; to create a lasting legacy for all.

It is possible to walk the length of the River Medway from Teston to Allington, it takes between two and three hours (7 miles) according to your walking ability.

The park blends; natural landscapes, a nature reserve, woodlands, meadows, formal garden and man made urban facilities.

The site includes:

  • Pedestrian access from St Peter's Street Gate, where there is a visitor centre and public toilets.
  • The Roofed Riverstage in the amphitheater style.
  • Adventure playground area, a toddlers play area and skate park.
  • Rose garden, wildflower meadow
  • Park Wharf - a stopping off point for two local boat services.

The Green Flag

Whatman Park has won the Green Flag award, a national recognition that the park is amongst the best in the country. This means that the Green Flag can fly for the next twelve months (2012/2013). Maidstone Borough Council is rightly proud of this accolade, Cabinet Member Cllr John A. Wilson, said: “I am absolutely delighted; the flags give a clear message to visitors and residents that we take pride in our parks.” This is the third consecutive year that Whatman has received the award.

Accessibility

According to the local authority the network of modern paths are suitable for electric scooters. There is a disabled toilet on site for which a Radar key is needed.

Opening Times

At the time of writing the park was open seven days a week from 8am to dusk, entrance to the park is free of charge.

Location & Contact

The Borough Council suggests the nearest parking is in James Whatman Way or alternatively one of the town centre car parks. Maidstone East BR Station is less than a mile away.

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