Cannon Hill Park first opened to visitors in 1873 and was donated to the citizens of Birmingham by Miss Louisa Ryland
with the wish that the park would be a healthy recreational ground to the locals. Cannon Hill Park was designed by T. J. Gibson, who is also responsible for the design of the famous Battersea Park
. Today, the park is popular with both locals and tourists with its beautiful nature and excellent sports facilities, including five tennis courts, a bowling green and a mini golf course. During the summer season, pedal boats are operated on the lake and there are several running tracks to explore the over-80-acres of parkland.