Mowbray Park opened in 1857; it is one of the oldest municipal Parks in the North East and the first public park in Sunderland. In 1994 the Park was added to English Heritages Register of Parks and Gardens in recognition of its Special Historic Interest at a national level. The park was renovated through a Heritage Lottery Fund project and reopened in 2000. Mowbray Park boasts outstanding floral displays, many art features, a bandstand, play area, a well maintained bowling green and a picturesque lake. The park also has a range of interesting memorials and statues located within its grounds. The park has toilets and benefits from CCTV. The park also allows access into Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Mowbray Park was the National Winner of Briggs and Stratton Britain’s Best Park 2008.