In the centre of the park are the café & toilets, adjacent are the children's play areas, one for youngsters & another for older children. Also located there is the very popular splash pad.
If you like exercise a walk around the perimeter of the 123 acre park is nearly two miles, or cycle through using the national cycle track 6. There are various areas of flowerbeds, the formal garden, planets garden & others. A shorter figure of eight takes you around the outdoor gym, provided by the Friends of West Park who raised £20,000 from the lottery fund. The park, together with the adjacent Trent College grounds has a labelled tree trail of native varieties surpassed only by Kew. At the north east corner wall murals can be seen together with the huge Harrington mill (1885) & Erewash canal (1779) which made the town so prosperous in the past. The foxes covert is in the south east corner, an area left wild on purpose, full of natural flora & fauna & the wildflower meadow. Here you can see the flood banks, spillway & sluice which together pond water when required to protect the town centre from floods. Find the events field in the south west corner.
The park is home to 3 cricket clubs all with brick built clubhouses. There is a floodlit rugby pitch & clubhouse plus numerous football pitches in season. The croquet lawn is behind the leisure centre. The park has the sixth largest grass bowling green in the UK plus club house. Open & covered tennis courts are available & nearby is the skateboard arena, a £170,000 project.
Occasional events include the triathlon, part marathons, the Long Eaton carnival & around November 5th a professional fireworks display plus funfair. Funfairs set up on the events field from time to time. Bands play at the grandstand.
The leisure centre has a pool, sauna & steam rooms, a large gym, squash courts, etc.