Rockingham Road Pleasure Park is Kettering's best known and well used public park and is located 1,100 meters from the town centre. The late Victorian Park was established in 1894 as a result of the efforts of Mr John Bryan, a local shoe manufacturer who persuaded the Kettering Local Government Board to purchase the land. The Park has an interesting history and. During WWI, huts were erected and the Park was used for accommodating part of the Scottish Horse Brigade. In WWII air aid shelters were provided in the park and a German flying officer parachuted into the park after his bomber was shot down over the Kettering area. Today the park is far more peaceful and offers a wide range of facilities including a well equipped play area, which includes a purpose built BMX track, a free to use 'outdoor gym' made up of several items of fitness equipment, a traditional bandstand, bowls green, crazy golf area and a giant chess board. The park has won several Green Flag awards and is supported by an active local Friends of Park group. It is divided into three main areas, a substantial Children's Play Area where dogs are not permitted, the bowls and crazy golf area and a general recreation and promenade area that is easily accessed from all sides of the park.