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Birkenhead Park boathouse
The historic 'Birkenhead Park',is situated on the Wirral peninsular in north west England. Being a public park,it is generally acknowledged as the first publicly funded Civic Park in Britain. Designed by Joseph Paxton ,and opened on 5th April, 1847,when 10,000 people attended the opening ceremony .(Paxton also designed the private Princes Park in Liverpool at an earlier date.)
The American Landscape Architect- Frederick Law Olmsted,visited Birkenhead Park,and incorporated many features he observed into his design for Central Park New York.In his book- Walks and talks of an American farmer in England',he made various comments of the influence Birkenhead Park had on him.
Birkenhead Park is now classed as a conservation area,which was granted in 1977,and made a grade1 listed landscape by English Heritage in 1991.