Chelmsford City Council
Hylands Park was opened to the public in 1966. Over the next few years, many ideas were proposed for the use of Hylands Park and various interested parties came forward to lease the house. The proposals included the development of a racecourse, an outdoor museum of Essex Town and Country Life and a golf course with various other facilities attached, such as an archery green, boating lake, angling, a camp site, stables for horse riding and a children’s playground. Hylands Park was included in the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England in 1987 and registered as Grade II. The registration covered the area of the park then within the Council’s ownership. Since then, alongside the house the parkland has been restored back to Humphry Reptons landscape including the Serpentine Lake Nowadays the Estate is much loved and used recreationally and during the Summer hosts festivals and events on the grounds.