Although born in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, it was deemed that Captain Smith's statue should be erected in Lichfield as it was the cathedral city of the diocese covering his birthplace. Although the statue, unveiled in 1914, provides Beacon Park with a strong link to the past, there is no doubt that it has all the attractions and ingredients necessary for a modern leisure facility.
Beacon Park is particularly popular for visiting football teams to play their games of a weekend, and has the wide expanses needed to stage major festivals throughout the summer period. But there is also plenty to enjoy for the more casual visitor.
The river running through the park provides for a pleasant leisurely walk, with a secluded wooded area hopefully providing a glimpse of the local wildlife.
There is also a large children's play area with no shortage of play equipment and facilities to keep youngsters occupied. But for those of a more sporting disposition you can have a go at playing golf, tennis, basketball or bowls - assuming you haven't already qualified for one of the football teams.
In addition, there are a range of summer activities for visitors to try, including mini cars, pedalos and donkey rides in good weather, while woodland activities include pond dipping.
If all that activity leaves you feeling hungry or thirsty then Beacon Park offers refreshments and ice cream from the bistro and the cafe next to the children's play area during peak season.
Toilets and baby changing facilities are also available next to the children's play area, in addition to disabled toilet facilities.