The Victorians invented and shaped the concept of public parks. They were built to provide clean fresh air to those people who were living in increasingly built-up areas. They were also seen as a means to boost the local economy and civic pride by making towns and cities attractive places to work and live.
Many of the Victorian public parks were philanthropic gifts to the people of the local community by wealthy industrialists and landowners.
Public parks sought to create playgrounds for the many. The value of sport, recreation, art, culture, ecology and bio diversity is just as important today as it was in the nineteenth century.
Sutton-in-Craven Park, measures 2.75 hectares, of which the recreation ground area is 0.7 ha.
The park was a gift to the residents by two turn of the century local mill owners and is managed and maintained by the Parish Council.
The day to day maintenance of the park is the responsibility of the Park keeper who resides in the Park Lodge.