Blackwood Park was originally part of Foley Wood. In the 1920s there was a serious fire in the woods and people came from as far away as Dudley to help put it out. There was considerable damage to the trees and, due to their ‘blackened’ appearance, the area became known as ‘Blackwood’. This piece of history is referred to in ‘The Streetly Trail’ by Charles Robertson, published in 1981 by the Walsall Local History Centre.
Blackwood Park is a truly diverse site, fitting in a swath of rich woodland and more manicured landscaping in a small 4 hectare package. It used to be a part of the sprawling Sutton Chase prior to housing developments, and the site is one of the last remnants of what was historically Foley Wood. The park is located in Streetly, just west of Sutton Park.
The site attained Green Flag Status in 2015, which denotes a high standard for publicly accessible green spaces. More information about the award is available on their website http://www.greenflagaward.org.uk/
There is no dedicated parking for the site, and it is bordered by housing estates on all sides; sharing some of its border with Blackwood School and St Anne’s Catholic school. There are multiple pedestrian access points off Cedar Drive, Larchwood Crescent, Blackwood Road, and Lowlands Avenue. The park is well serviced by buses, and has nearby stops for the 77, 78, and 56A bus routes.