Hall Leys Park is one of five parks comprising the Matlock Parks Project: a £3.5 million Heritage Restoration project undertaken by Derbyshire Dales District Council, with substantial financial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project has restored the five historic parks and pleasure grounds that lie along the Derwent Valley and provide a pedestrian network between Matlock and Matlock Bath.
Hall Leys Park was the first park to undergo restoration, being completed in 2005. This has revitalised an already popular park, situated in the heart of Matlock, providing vitality and viability to the ongoing regeneration of this market town. The ornamental park covers nearly 4 hectares and is framed by an avenue of mature limes, and recently refurbished shrub beds. The sunken garden remains a very popular area of the park, with its colourful ornamental bedding displays throughout the year.
The park, in its dramatic setting at the head of the limestone gorge of the River Derwent, provides a range of play and sporting facilities, including a popular wet and dry play area and skatepark, whilst the historic features of the park, including the bandstand and clock tower (originally a tram shelter in the centre of Matlock) have been retained and restored to their former glory.
New toilets were completed in October 2011 and have been open since, they recently received a Gold Award at the Loo of the Year every year since 2012. During 2012 additional accessible facilities were installed in the Park, these being table tennis tables and an orienteering course.