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Houndwell Park

Image of play area in Houndwell Park
A Green Flag award winning park, Houndwell Park lies to the south of Palmerston Park and is separated by Pound Tree Road. Houndwell park has the largest all ability play area, opened 2013 and proving very popular.

The southern end of the lime tree avenue which runs through the centre of East, Palmerston and Houndwell parks is marked by the William Chamberlayne Gas Column.

The Gas Column is a 50 feet high fluted Doric column cast in iron at Tickell’s Foundry in Foundry Lane, Millbrook. It was subscribed as a tribute to William Chamberlayne, MP for the town 1818-1829. The column has been moved several times. It was first erected at the junction of New Road and Above Bar Street. It was removed to Town Quay in 1829 and transferred in 1865 to Houndwell Park. It was re-positioned onto Speakers Corner Roundabout in 1957 during road alterations and again into Houndwell Park in 2000.

Follow this link to see a detailed map of the Central Parks. (Note: it's a large file and download speeds may vary)

Houndwell Park Playground

Bar Gate

The play park is now open!

The new play park is now open and provides an amazing play facility in the centre of our busy city. Take a look at the photo gallery below, to see some of the features of this 'state of the art' play area.

The new fully inclusive play facilities provides children of all ages and abilities, with a play environment which is fun, beautiful, exciting, challenging, safe and family friendly.Ship Wreck View

The design provides children with imaginative and challenging play opportunities to celebrate play in a way that is relevant to the city’s heritage. Using suggestions from the initial consultation the facilities are inspired by the features of the historic city walls (The Bargate) and maritime tradition with a play structure known as The Titanic, with the replication of desert islands, sand and shipwrecks.

Houndwell Play

Bargate Family

Bargate

Bargate Walls

Bargate Walls

Beyond Bargate

Beyond Bargate

Crows Nest

Crows Nest

Deck View

Deck View

Ladybird

Ladybird

Music

Making Music

Optical

Optical Spinner

Pavilion

Pavilion

Playing

Space for Play

Rigging

Climbing the Rigging

Roundabout

Roundabout

Sandbelt

The Sand Belt

Shipshape

Ship Shape

Shipwreck

Shipwrecked

Small Play

Small Play

Starboard Slide

Starboard Slide

Swings

Swinging Along

View

Early morning view

Worn Out

I've had a great day!

Features in Houndwell Park

1. William Chamberlayne Gas Column

Image of Gas Column Houndwell ParkThe Gas Column is a 50 feet high fluted Doric column cast in iron at Tickell’s Foundry in Foundry Lane, Millbrook. It was subscribed as a tribute to William Chamberlayne, MP for the town 1818-1829. The column has been moved several times. It was first erected at the junction of New Road and Above Bar Street. It was removed to Town Quay in 1829 and transferred in 1865 to Houndwell. It was re-positioned onto Speakers Corner Roundabout in 1957 during road alterations and again into Houndwell Park in 2000.







2. Charles Melly Memorial Fountain

The Grade II listed fountain was originally erected in 1859 at the junction of St Mary Street, East Street, Marsh Lane and Evans Street.

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Downloadable documents

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Image Appendix 5 Play Area Design 1706 KB 7secs @ 2Mbps
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Contact information

  • 0800 519 1919
  • Parks and Street Cleansing (RL) Southampton City Council, Civic Centre, Southampton, SO14 7LY