Clarence Park (St Albans)
|Full name||Clarence Park|
|Owner||City of St Albans|
|Capacity||5007 (667 seated)|
|Opened||23 July 1894|
|St Albans City F.C. (semi-professional football club) (1908-present)|
Clarence Park is a beautiful Victorian park used for sports and leisure in St Albans, England. It is still largely in its original form and has a rich variety of trees and planting. It is close to St Albans City railway station.
The park was laid out in early 1894, and comprises a 16-acre (65,000 m2) municipal sports ground and a 9-acre (36,000 m2) public park and pleasure ground. The benefactor, Sir John Maple, the owner of Maple's furniture store in Tottenham Court Road and who lived at nearby Childwickbury, donated the land and paid for the laying out, the planting and the construction of the buildings; the layout of the park itself was designed by the City Surveyor, Mr G. Ford. A striking water fountain, which can still be seen today, was donated by Lady Maple.
The sports ground hosts cricket, hockey, bowls and croquet and is also the home of St Albans City Football Club.
The public park includes large grass areas used for sun bathing and games during summer, a bandstand, a children's play-park and a café. The public park is also used as the site of some of the human "Peopletown" skits on Disney Channel's preschool series Bunnytown.
In the summer, there are regular concerts on the bandstand.
Next to the football ground is a cricket ground. The first recorded match played on the cricket ground came in 1875, when Hertfordshire played Somerset. The first Minor Counties Championship match played on the ground came in 1895 when Hertfordshire played Bedfordshire. From 1895 to 1997, the ground hosted 84 Minor Counties Championship matches and 2 MCCA Knockout Trophy matches.
The cricket ground has played host to 2 List-A matches, he first of which came in the 1984 NatWest Trophy between Hertfordshire and Somerset. The second and final List-A match played on the ground came in the 1990 NatWest Trophy between Hertfordshire and Warwickshire.
The ground also hosted a single match in the 1973 Women's Cricket World Cup, which was contested between New Zealand women and Trinidad and Tobago women. In local domestic cricket, the ground is the home of St Albans Cricket Club who play in the Home Counties Premier Cricket League Division Two.