Parks & Open Spaces for the People of Leeds
At the end of the 19th century Wade’s focus changed from the upkeep of roads to acquiring land for parks and open spaces to provide for the recreation, health and wellbeing of the working people of a rapidly expanding industrial city.
Most of the land came into Wade’s ownership in the early part of the 20th century. As the land was acquired it was let on long leases to Leeds Corporation (now the City Council), to maintain as public open space.
Today all Wade’s land (213 hectares/526acres in total) is looked after by the City Council’s Parks & Countryside Service, in many cases with the active involvement of local friends, sports and community groups.