The idea for the park was proposed in 1886 to open the following yer to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Queen's Park was officially opened to the public on 2 August 1893 with the first Chesterfield Floral and Horticultural Society Show being held in the park. A cricket pitch constructed in 1893-18944 was inaugurated in May 1894, while the associated pavilion was constructed in 1898. Late 19th century park facilities included a bandstand, boating lake, cycle track and gymnasium.
Following the First World War a tank was presented to the town and placed in the park in July 1919. A programme of renovations and improvements was undertaken in the early 1920s which included the construction of a new bandstand and the erection of a conservatory acquired from Chatsworth House.
During the Second World War the park was used by the local authority for events associated with the 'Holidays at Home' scheme, while in 1943 metal railings round the cricket pitch were removed for the war effort; the conservatory was converted to food production.
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5. Sunshine smiles
Friends of Queens Park l to r Betty Booth, John Lilley and Janet Murphy pictured in 2006
Photo: Terry Walden
6. Building bird homes
Local birds looking for new homes to build their nests had wider choice of properties in 2007, thanks to Chesterfield Borough Council.
Picture shows three young nest-box builders trying out their handiwork for size in Queen's Park - left to right Nathan Shelton (9) from Old Tupton, Ricky Barker (5) from Grangewood, and Nathan's brother James (11) with Sarah Poulton and Ranger Colin Henson.
7. Family fun day
Chesterfield Royal Hospital family fun day at Queen's Park. Barrie Perkins (A Clowne without Make-Up), with Hope and Darcie Heeley pictured in 2007
Photo: Marisa Cashill
8. New train
The new train was unveiled in Queens Park in 2007 l to r mayor Cllr. Chris Ludlow, Sheila Wells, Bethany Fox, Pat Marples, Billy Bartles
Photo: Terry Walden