West Park is a fine example of a Victorian municipal park and was one of the first in the country to set a trend for the provision of areas for specific sporting activities, (e.g. bowls, archery and cricket). The park is considered to be one of the best, unspoilt examples of a Victorian park left in England and is a significant park within the Black Country.
The park is 17 hectares in area (including its lake) and provides a beautifully landscaped green space within a ten-minute walk of Wolverhampton city centre. It also provides significant amenity value to the city’s population and to visitors. The park serves as the premiere venue for events in the City as well as providing the local community with their recreational space.
In 1975 Wolverhampton Town Council designated the park and its setting (under Section 227 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1971) as a conservation area because of its special historical importance, architectural character and appearance of the area, which makes an important contribution to the quality of the town. The importance of the park in terms of its design, survival and overall originality has also been recognised by it being placed on the English Heritage National register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historical Interest with Grade II status in July 1986. It is the only park in the city with this status.