University Parks

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University Parks cricket ground
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Ground information
Location Oxford, England
Establishment 1881
Capacity no permanent seating
Owner Oxford University
End names
Pavilion End
Norham Gardens End
Domestic team information
Oxford University Cricket Club (1881–present)

The Oxford University Parks, commonly referred to locally as the University Parks, the Uni Parks or just The Parks, is a large parkland area slightly northeast of the city centre in Oxford, England. It is open to the public during the day, and has beautiful gardens, large sports fields, and rare and exotic plants. It includes a cricket ground used by Oxford University Cricket Club.

History[edit]

From 1853 to 1864, the University of Oxford purchased a total of 91 acres (37 ha) of land from Merton College to build the parks. Some of this land was then used for the University Museum and the Science Area, so the current site is measured at about 74 acres (30 ha). The park is situated mostly on the west bank of the River Cherwell, though a small plot of land called Mesopotamia sits between the upper and lower levels of the river. The Parks are bounded by Norham Gardens to the north, Parks Road to the west and the Science Area on South Parks Road to the south.

Walter Sawyer has been superintendent of the Parks since 1991.[1]

Points of interest[edit]

North Lodge, at the entrance to the Parks where Norham Gardens meets Parks Road.
The duck pond in the Parks.
View of the Parks with the Science Area on the right.
Gravel paths in the Parks.

The following features of the Parks are of special interest:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Superintendents, 1866 - Present Day". The University Parks, Oxford. Retrieved 28 March 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°45′43.56″N 1°15′16.44″W / 51.7621000°N 1.2545667°W / 51.7621000; -1.2545667