The City of Derby has more than 300 areas of public open space including many fine parks and gardens. Derby Arboretum was the first public park in the country, and with the aid of a lottery grant has recently undergone extensive improvement and renovation. Originally it had been donated to the people of Derby in 1840 by local mill owner and former Mayor Joseph Strutt.
Darley Park hosts a stunning National Collection of Viburnum and Hydrangea
Markeaton Park attracts around a million visitors each year offering open parkland for relaxation, sports like football, tennis and golf and the popular Mundy Play Centre - a children's wonderland with plenty of facilities for all ages.