Location (BN22 7LL)
Adjacent to the seafront one and three quarter kilometres north-east of the pier. The park is on the seafront Dotto train route during the season.
In 1906-07 Mr. Davis-Gilbert leased a small area, known by the name of Gilbert’s Recreation Ground, to the council.
On 15 August 1922 this and an adjoining area were conveyed to the council for £2.200. On 30 June 1931 the Duke of Windsor, as Prince of Wales, visited the park and planted a tree. It was shortly after renamed “Princes Park” in his honour. In 2011 the park became nominated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field.
The central feature of the park is a large artificial lake where model yachts and powerboats are often raced by two local clubs and many swans congregate. Nearby, Buzz Active (formerly Spray Watersports) teach sailing skills to all ages.
Lakeside terraced paths are provided with seating and there are lawns and a large scented rose garden for picnicking and informal recreation. A children’s playground is situated at each end of the lake. Bowling greens and a putting course are located near the café.
Toilets (Including disabled)
Bike racks near Channel View Road entrance arch on seafront
Wartling Road entrance
Adjacent sports field with bookable pitches. Eastbourne town football club occupy site at one end of the park
Lawns for informal activities
Aromatic herb garden inland of lake
Bowls Club (Greens normally bookable)
Children’s playgrounds: Channel View Road entrance, with seasonal 'Splashtastic' water play area
Green Flag Award 2012/2013
In July 2012 the park achieved a Green Flag quality award for the first time and which has been retained since. This is similar to the familiar Blue Flag seaside award and guarantees a good range of high quality facilities in friendly surroundings.
Princes Park Development
More information on the development of Princes Park can be found here.