Jackson Park Canada, Windsor

Jackson Park

Jackson Park is a park south of Downtown Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It contains many war memorials including a World War II, and a Korean War memorial. Jackson Park contains more than 10,000 plants, many of which are located in its Sunken Gardens. The park was named after former Windsor mayor Cecil E. Jackson. New features are being added to the park. The original World War II monument was Avro Lancaster bomber aircraft FM212; it was removed in 2005 due to the effect that over four decades of exposure to the elements was having on it, and replaced by more weather-resistant fiberglass models of a Hawker Hurricane and a Supermarine Spitfire fighter. Beneath the two aircraft is a garden in the shape of the Lancaster bomber.

Jackson Park is also a well equipped, popular sports park. Besides being the permanent home of the Windsor Lawn Bowling Club and Windsor Stadium, the park also provides a wide assortment of creative play units, a basketball court, five ball diamonds, rugby and soccer fields. Other improvements have included a complete refurbishment of the stadium grandstands, building and fields in 1990. In 1991, both the lighted tennis courts and the lawn bowling greens were upgraded and repairs made to the cedar pergola structure.

Jackson Park is one of the most intricate parks in Windsor. Visitors to the Queen Elizabeth II Sunken Gardens can enjoy the flowers of the season: hundreds of tulips in May, followed by the abundance of summer perennials and lush annuals. The park features some of the most magnificent formal gardens and fountains in Windsor. as well as monuments and a network of walking areas. There are monuments in memory of the Boer War, Korean War and World War II. There are also monuments commemorating important people such as the sundial which bears the name of Polish astronomer Nicolas Copernicus.

Many of the walkways are in well-lit and open areas, but there are a few that lead to shade, or to quiet spots tucked away between bushes and tall plants. It is a well maintained park and worth an afternoon of exploration.

Amenities include: cricket pitch, baseball diamonds, baseball stadium, Windsor Football/Soccer Stadium, picnic area, fountains, gardens, privately owned Parkside Tennis Club, Copernicus sundial, South African War Memorial, Land, Sea, Air Memorial, Robert Burns memorial, washrooms, concession.

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