On the 22nd January 2016 at the Sahahra Centre building in the Arboretum Park, we delivered a presentation on the importance of the Arboretum Park’s History as part of the Invisible Boundaries Find the Fact session.
The main aim of this session was to share with the participants the information we gathered during the previous research sessions and to debate and exchange news or facts relevant the park history. Several participants shared their childhood memories, describing how different the park used to be years back and the importance of the Arboretum in their lives.
We had the opportunity to travel back in time through these memories and we also discovered how people used to treat the park in the past. Since the Arboretum Park was the first public park in the whole UK accessible to anyone (no matter the social status or personal wealth), people from Derby and the nearby neighborhood used to be very proud of this place. Today, we have another reason to be proud of the Arboretum: this park, located just South of Derby city centre, was a trend-setter for the design of Central Park in New York! This means that one of the biggest vibrant cities in the world such as New York has picked Derby’s Arboretum Park as a font of inspiration.