Parks and Greenspaces

Wavertree Playground (The Mystery)

This 104 acre park was given to Liverpool Corporation in 1895 by an anonymous city well-wisher — the reason why it is affectionately known as The Mystery. Later, it was discovered the mystery donor was Philip H. Holt whose family fortunes were made from the shipping trade, and who also owned the Sudley Estate.

Wavertree Playground (The Mystery)

Wavertree Playground (The Mystery)

You can access the park via Wellington Road, Prince Alfred Road, Smithdown Road and Grant Avenue.

Wavertree Sports Park Playground, Grant Avenue, Wellington Road, L15 4LE

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Children's play area includes slide, climbing frame and agility equipment.

Wildflower meadow

Providing bees, butterflies and other pollinators with food throughout the year, our wildflower meadows also look beautiful in bloom.

Sporting events

Due to its proximity to Wavertree Sports Park (Aquatics, Tennis and Athletics Centre), it is a popular venue for cross-country running and other sporting events.


Parking is available at Wavertree Sports Park. Please respect residential parking areas and other restrictions.

Explore the beauty of The Mystery

  • Open space at The Mystery
  • Playground at The Mystery
  • Games field at The Mystery
  • Wildflower meadow

Parks byelaws

So that everyone can enjoy our parks and open spaces we have policies and byelaws in place which cover:

  • Protection of the ground, its wildlife and the public
  • Horses, cycles and vehicles
  • Play areas, games and sports
  • Waterways
  • Model aircraft

Byelaws are local laws made by the council, which means we can issue penalties and act to protect property and individuals.