Maidstone River Park was one of a lasting legacy of projects, funded in part by the National Lottery to celebrate the new Millennium.

The park is now a 12km walk along the River Medway from Teston Country Park to Aylesford, via Maidstone town centre, Allington Lock and Kent Life. It turned the banks of this important natural resource into a country park with free access for everyone.

The Millennium project introduced three nationally acclaimed pedestrian bridges, more than 1,500 new trees and, in Maidstone, a rose trail and an amphitheatre.

Ten minutes away from the town centre, the 18-acre Whatman Park combines a natural landscape of woodland, wildflower meadow and islands nature reserve with rest and play areas, and the Riverstage open-air performance area.

The River Park project started in 1998 and was completed in 2001, after some of the worst floods in living memory. It would not have been realised without the substantial support of the Millennium Commission, Maidstone Borough Council, Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, the Maidstone Trust and numerous companies, trusts, schools, clubs and individuals throughout Kent.

The park was extended out to Aylesford in 2017, with the opening of the Medway Towpath. Funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Kent County Council and Maidstone Borough Council enabled the towpath improvements to go ahead. It was the biggest investment in Maidstone River Park since the Millennium project that created it.

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