About the Park
Updated: 18th July 2012
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.
St.James' Park - an Award‑Winning Park
Six years of hard work culminated in July 2012 with St.James' Park winning a prestigious
Green Flag Award®.
The Green Flag Award® scheme is the national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK, recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country, encouraging the achievement of high environmental standards, and setting a benchmark of excellence in recreational green areas.
Click on the Green Flag Award® logo to find out more about this award.
Visit our Where is the Park? page for details of how to get to St.James' Park.
Visit our History page to find out more about the history of St.James' Park.
Visit our Restoration & Improvements page to find out more about how the Park was transformed.
Visit our Awards page to find out more about the awards won by St.James' Park and FoSJP.
Updated: 12th May 2012
In May 2011, Southampton City Council issued an updated bench sponsorship scheme for all the city's parks and open spaces. If you'd be interested in sponsoring a bench in St.James' Park or anywhere else across the city, please click here to access the Commemorative Seat & Plaque Policy.
For more information, please call Neighbourhood Services on 023 8083 2713.
Dogs in St.James' Park
Dog walkers are most welcome to use St.James' Park, apart from fenced‑off zones such as the Children's Play Area.
Please ensure that you clean up after your dogs, to help keep the Park fit for use by everybody. Thanks!
|If you wish to report any problems with the Park or its equipment, please call Southampton City Council's Actionline on 0800 5 19 19 19 or via email@example.com.|