What Might Have Been

After the initial works and opening in 1931, much of the park consisted of open space partitioned by pathways and hedgebanks. It was a canvas waiting to be filled. The way that the park actually developed is described in other sections but all kinds of ideas have been considered over the years and not taken forward, and they are covered here.

The concept of a multi-use sports centre in the Home Park area has been evident since the indoor swimming pool opened in 1965. There has been a succession of proposals, some led by the Council and others by private concerns with Council agreement. Only the Mayflower Centre and its extensions, 1970-1978, and the Life Centre, 2012, were actually built. It is interesting to note that the unsuccessful proposals depended on attracting commercial investment funding, an aspect which was unpopular with large sections of the park community.