Chavasse Park is an open space in the city centre of Liverpool, England, UK. It was named in after the Chavasse family; Francis ( the 2nd Bishop of Liverpool) and his twin sons Christopher Maude Chavasse (an Olympic athlete and later Bishop of Rochester), and Noel Godfrey Chavasse (an Olympic athlete, doctor, and one of only three men to win the Victoria Cross and Bar).
The park was named in the 1980s and originally consisted of a 2–3 acre plot of unfenced grass verges, framed by city centre buildings; the Queen Elizabeth II law courts lay to the north, and Canning Place police headquarters to the south. The west side of the park was bounded by the Dock Road, while beyond that were the historic Salthouse, and Albert Docks. For many years the park was the home of the Yellow Submarine, built for the International Garden Festival in 1984, and now to be seen at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The park itself was extensively altered as part of the Paradise Project redevelopment scheme. The park was excavated in Spring 2004 prior to the commencement of the Paradise Project (now known as Liverpool One). The park was reinstated atop a new 2000-space underground car park, rising in terraces to connect to the newly constructed pavilions above South John Street. It re-opened in Autumn 2008. Chavasse Park was home to John Lennon Peace Monument. Entitled ‘Peace and Harmony’ Monument, the 18 foot high monument was dedicated to John Lennon to commemorate the 70th anniversary of his birth. The monument is now situated outside of the Echo Arena. Chavasse Park is dominated by the residential development, One Park West to the west, Liverpool One to north, the Hilton Liverpool to the east and the Albert Dock to the south.
Chavasse Park is a hub for friends to meet, families to play and it’s the perfect spot to take a well-earned break from shopping. Head to the Leisure Level and you will find Chavasse Park: 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with winding paths and peaceful spots to take 5 from the bustle of the city centre. Not to mention, it’s the most exciting place to be to enjoy its year-round events programme! The Nature Trail takes young explorers on a journey around Chavasse Park to see and learn all about Chavasse wildlife and its flora and fauna.
Regular visitors will know that it is always the centre of any Summer and Christmas events in Liverpool ONE and because of its location, Chavasse Park is the ideal place to go when you are looking for things to do in the city centre. As the park is overlooked by its fabulous restaurants on The Terrace, why not enjoy a meal al fresco and soak up the sun during those warmer months? Plenty of its restaurants offer takeout too, so turn your lunch break into a picnic or make a day of it with friends.