"With the disappearance of the Etruria Grove and, later, the
final decay of all vegetation in Etruria, it was decided to open a park
On Thursday, September 29th, 1904, the opening ceremony was performed
and the Etruscans at last had their own park, although a dozen years had
elapsed since the Corporation of Hanley had purchased the land - eleven
acres - at a cost of four thousand seven hundred and nineteen pounds,
seventeen shillings and sevenpence.
Mr. Robert Thompson, F.R.H.S., Parks Superintendent, put much good work
into the park, covering it with springy turf, young trees and shrubs.
A carriage drive was made from the main gates and the park now possesses a
good bowling green and tennis courts..........
To the several thousands attending the opening ceremony in delightful
weather, all was new and beautiful. Alderman Shirley presented the Mayor
with a silver-gilt key, with which he opened the gates, while the Mayoress
turned on the fountain and drank to the success of the new Park."
"History of Etruria" E J D Warrillow