Kingsbury Water Park is a country park in North Warwickshire, England, not far from Birmingham and lying besides the River Tame on its eastern border. It is owned and managed by Warwickshire County Council. It has fifteen lakes situated in over 600 acres (2.4 km²) of country park. It is renowned for its bird-life, and is popular with birdwatchers. It is bordered on the western edge by the Birmingham and Fazeley Canal.
The setting up of the Water Park, from when planning permission was agreed in 1973 up to the day of opening, May 24th 1975. Money for the project came from the County Council and from a grant provided by the Countryside Commission. The gravel pits had been identified as a suitable area to develop following the 1968 Countryside Act which gave councils the power to establish country parks.
It was decided that Kingsbury was a suitable area to develop lakes which would ‘slow down’ the flow of water that was brought, via the Tame, from Birmingham’s conurbation into the River Trent to the north. Up until that point the River Trent had the reputation for being the most polluted river in the country and, as a major supplier to the city of Nottingham, the water authorities were anxious to promote any scheme which would help to reduce the debris flowing down.
On the 24th May 1975 Kingsbury Water Park welcomed its very first visitor. Since then millions of people have grown up with the park, coming at first with their parents, then returning again and again with their own children
In 1979/80, with the advent of the M42, the Water Park acquired land north of the motorway where the Nature Reserve was established. The caravan used in the Nature Reserve by the West Midlands Bird Club was eventually abandoned due to flooding and vandalism.
The park has also 'grown up'; from just 2 lakes in 123 acres to 15 lakes in 620 acres; from 50,000 visitors in the first year to 370,000 in 2012.The transformation from worked-out gravel sandpits to the beautiful landscaped park of today is amazing. Stroll along the flat surfaced paths, explore hidden corners, spot birds and wildlife, hire a bike, join an organised event or host your own event. Whatever your idea of a countryside visit is, you will find it at Kingsbury.
Throughout the park are a number of bridleways and footpaths. There are a variety of opportunities available for water-sports, including water skiing, jet-skis, power boats, sailing and model boat racing.
There is also a 7¼" gauge ridable miniature railway known as Echills Wood Railway. It is run by enthusiasts, who provide a 2 km loop, running a selection of steam, diesel and electric trains. Normally, the railway is open every Sunday, all weekend when it is a Bank Holiday weekend, and during Warwickshire school holidays they will endeavour to run on Wednesdays and Fridays, subject to sufficient staff.