Birkenhead Park was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton. His concept was to create an idealised countryside landscape of open meadows and naturalistic woodland belts. The two lakes are shaped to appear as sinuous rivers with views across them to features such as the Boathouse and Swiss Bridge. Facilities include 2 cricket clubs, tennis courts, bowling greens, an excellent children's playground in the lower park and football pitches. Both lakes are popular for-fishing, although permits are still required.