Perry Park, Church Road, Perry Barr, B42 2LS
- How to get there and parking
Located close to the A34 Walsall Road and Perry Barr Train Station.
Entrances off Church Road and via the A453 Aldridge Road.
Pedestrian access points are also at Perry Park Crescent and two other points along the towpath of the adjacent canal, also an additional pedestrian access point off of Aldridge Road
- About the park
Perry Park must be one of the city’s most contrasting open spaces. Not only is it the site of an internationally-renowned athletics stadium and popular BMX track but also boasts a wildlife-stocked reservoir and walking routes to suite everyone’s ability.
The world’s spotlight turned on the park in 2022 as it became a sporting epicentre for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Alexander Stadium, situated in the north of the park, was not only chosen to host the athletics and para-athletics programmes, but is also the stage for the Games’ Opening and Closing ceremonies.
As well as the vibrancy and excitement of the sporting venues, the park is also versatile enough to provide visitors with a pleasant place to enjoy a relaxing stroll, with five and two-kilometre routes along easily-accessible pathways. It is also the site of Perry Reservoir, which has become a haven for waterfowl. Bats are active at night and many birds nest in the trees planted around the park.
In recent years it has become the venue for the final stages of the Birmingham International Carnival and is used for a wide range of external events.
- Facilities at the park
- Perry Bar Skatepark
- Alexander Stadium – premier athletics venue and home to the Birchfield Harriers. Permanent capacity increased to 20,000 after the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
- The Birmingham BMX Race Track is based in the park. It was built for the 2012 BMX World Championships. It offers turn-up-and-ride and time-slot booking options.
- Points of interest
Stone’s throw from GMAC Gymnastics and Martial Arts Centre
- Park friends group
- Parks friends group activities
The Friends of Perry Park is a group of local residents who want to encourage more local people and families to use the park and discourage anti-social behaviour.
- Helping to encourage biodiversity and the flora and fauna of the park
- Working with the city council to provide areas of play and relaxation
- Maintaining the park through conservation activities
- Organising litter picks
- Devising new walks through the park to make it more accessible
- Seed and flower planting