St James Park
St.James' Park is one of the many green spaces in Southampton managed by Southampton City Council. It is located in Shirley, Southampton, bordering Winchester Road (the A35) and not far from Southampton General Hospital and Southampton Common.
Originally known as Shirley Recreation Ground (or "Shirley Rec") and spread over 2.3 hectares, the Park was bought by Southampton Town Council (as it then was) in 1907, and was first opened to the public in 1911. It has a rich history including military and social use, and is now well used and valued by local people.
Working closely with Southampton City Council, in October 2009 Friends of St.James' Park (FoSJP) was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant which between July 2010 and July 2011 transformed the Park, providing a new café and community room, new entrances, botanical and scenic walks, new landscaping, and new play facilities for children and adults, to bring the Park into the 21st century.