Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park
Alexandra Park opened 1907, is located on the north western coast of Portsea Island, south of Hilsea and was named in honour of Princess Alexandra the Princess of Wales. Portsmouth Corporation bought the land in 1888 from the Board of Trade and Winchester College, with the plan to develop a new recreation ground.
As was common during the second world war, parks were often put to different uses, some of the buildings at Alexandra Park were used as a temporary mortuary and an anti aircraft battery was stationed here.
Amy Johnson the famous pioneering female pilot once landed her plane at Alexandra Park en route to a Civic reception.
Alexandra Park is home to the Mountbatten Centre sports centre, the regional Sports Centre, which houses squash courts, tennis courts, athletics and cycling track.
The Mountbatten Centre was completely redeveloped during 2009 including the construction of:
- An 8 lane 50 metre swimming pool, with submersible boom and moving floor.
- A 12.5 metre teaching pool.
- 150 station fitness suite.
- A new dance studio.
- Health suite with separate health and fitness changing facilities.
- Re-surfaced athletics and cycle tracks.
- New semi sprung floor for the main sports hall.
Mountbatten Centre Details
Telephone: 02392 626500
6.30am - 10.00pm Monday - Friday,
8.00am - 10.00pm Sat and Sun.
Alexandra Park connects to the coastal path at its western edge and walks connecting to the Hilsea Lines area are easily accessible.
You can find details of other Parks and Open Spaces in Portsmouth here.