A 102-year-old painting of the beauty spot where a man proposed to his sweetheart is helping experts shape the future of a much-loved Midlands park.
Robert Quance, aged 64, from Great Barr, contacted Sandwell Council after reading about a plea by design consultants for information about Dartmouth Park.
He owns a painting by C Willis Price, which was bought by his grandfather, William Samuel Quance, because it shows the bench where he proposed to his wife-to-be, Mary Amelia.
It also shows a sweep of landscape unbroken by buildings and roads.
Mr Quance said: "Both the painting and Dartmouth Park have a great deal of sentimental value to me. We lived along Beeches Road and you could come out of your back door and virtually be in the park."
Local people and visitors are being urged to have their say on the future of the park, which is close to West Bromwich town centre.
Sandwell Council was awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to commission LDA Design to propose improvements to the area and research its history.
These proposals will eventually be the basis for a full bid to the fund to carry out the changes.
The analysis will include what it is about Dartmouth Park that is valued and important from a local, district, regional and national perspective.