Baxter Park is very significant in the development of urban Parks in the UK, designed by Sir Joseph Paxton it is the only complete Paxton Park in Scotland. Located within an Outstanding Conservation Area the park is listed in the Scottish Inventory of Historic Landscapes and Gardens and with a £4.1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has completed a five year restoration project to restore the Park to its original Victorian design.
The main sandstone pavilion is used for various civic functions such as weddings, meetings and gatherings. The Park Centre is a popular location for hosting local events. Linked to the centre are a play area and an amphitheatre for events ranging from music to theatre.
The Friends of Baxter Park carry out environmental projects in the Park, and in partnership with Dundee City Council and other local groups promote and support regular community events in the Park. The Park has received various awards including the Scottish Award for Quality in Planning for the restoration of Baxter Park and has retained Three Stars in Visit Scotland's Visitor Attraction grading scheme, in recognition of "A Very Good Standard of Facilities and Services" since 2008. In 2010 Dundee City Council received the 2010 UK Landscape Award for Baxter Park, winners of the Scottish heat and the Park has been achieving Green Flag Awards since 2009.