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The City of Norwich, England, as of 2011, had 23 parks, 95 open spaces and 59 natural areas in the care of the local authority.

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Wensum Park

Historic parks

The four Grade II listed historic parks were purpose built in the 1920s and 1930s under the direction of Parks Superintendent Captain Sandys-Winsch. His designs included buildings, structures and hard landscaping which are finished in a modernist pre-cast concrete, with unemployed men providing much of the labour. By the late 1990s many of the structures had fallen into disrepair. A successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled major refurbishment to the four main parks.

  • Heigham Park 52°37′34″N 1°16′03″E / 52.626°N 1.2676°E / 52.626; 1.2676 is located in the city's Golden Triangle district and opened in 1924. Amenities include a children's playground, bowling green, playing field, tennis courts and a small pond. Specimen beech including several copper beech trees form a boundary around much of the park. In addition, there are herbaceous borders, shrubberies and a wisteria covered concrete pergola which was part of the original design.
  • Wensum Park 52°38′26″N 1°17′10″E / 52.6406°N 1.2862°E / 52.6406; 1.2862 was completed in 1925. The riverside park features many mature trees, flower beds, picnic area, children's playground and paddling pool and still retains Captain Sandys-Winsch's concrete pavilion and architecture. As part of the city's millennium celebrations a labyrinth was installed in the centre of the park.
  • Eaton Park 52°37′14″N 1°15′26″E / 52.6205°N 1.2571°E / 52.6205; 1.2571 covers 80 acres (32 ha) and lies to the west of the city centre. The flagship park was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1928. Several of Sandys-Winsch's structures remain including the central rotunda, bandstand, model boating pond and lily pond. The park offers a wide range of sporting facilities.
  • Waterloo Park 52°38′42″N 1°17′22″E / 52.6451°N 1.2894°E / 52.6451; 1.2894 is located to the north of the city centre and enveloped between Angel Road and Aylsham Road A1024. Covering 18.5 acres (7.5 ha) the park was opened in 1933 and boasts one of the largest herbaceous borders in a UK public park. Other amenities include a refurbished paddling pool (2011), children's playground, playing field, tennis courts and bowling green. Many of the original architectural features remain including the pavilion, bandstand and hard landscaping.

Parks

Listed below are a selection of the city's parks. Many date back to 1920s and 1930s.

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Earlham Park with the River Yare in foreground
  • Chapelfield Gardens 52°37′39″N 1°17′16″E / 52.6275°N 1.2878°E / 52.6275; 1.2878 is located in central Norwich. At its time of opening in 1880 it was one of the few public open spaces in the city centre. The park is named after the Chapel of St Mary and has always been an open space. Today (2011) facilities include a restaurant, bandstand, children's playground, pétanque court, giant chess and draughts table. Different events are hosted in the park including bandstand concerts, annual music festival and travelling funfairs. Over 190 trees representing 45 native and foreign species can be found as well as many shrubs and flower beds.
  • Earlham Park 52°37′38″N 1°14′06″E / 52.6271°N 1.2349°E / 52.6271; 1.2349 lies 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the city centre adjacent to the Earlham Road and covers 88 acres (36 ha) of open parkland sloping towards the River Yare. Earlham Hall Park was bought by the local authority in 1925, part of which became the site for the University of East Anglia. Contained within the park is Earlham Hall its outbuildings and formal gardens. The open park area can be hired for public events.
  • Harford Park 52°36′20″N 1°17′02″E / 52.6055°N 1.2839°E / 52.6055; 1.2839 is approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) south of the city centre close to the A140 Ipswich Road. Facilities include a cycle speedway track, bowling green, five-a-side football pitch and children's play area. Also contained within the park is Harford Community Centre community centre.
  • Jubilee Park 52°36′50″N 1°17′53″E / 52.6138°N 1.298°E / 52.6138; 1.298 is located in the Lakenham area approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the city centre. Facilities in the park include an adventure playground and a floodlight sports court.
  • Mile Cross Gardens 52°39′15″N 1°16′42″E / 52.6542°N 1.2783°E / 52.6542; 1.2783 are two identical shaped gardens located at the junction of Suckling Avenue and the Aylsham Road. The listed Grade II gardens were laid out to a design by Sandys-Winsch and contain some original features and were opened in May 1929. Today (2013) the south garden is kept as a wildlife friendly area and the northern garden is a children's playground.
  • St Clements Park 52°39′07″N 1°17′49″E / 52.652°N 1.297°E / 52.652; 1.297 lies approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the city centre close to Woodcock Road. The open grassed area features a small children's playground. In April 2011, the park became the city's first eco-park with funding from the Big Lottery Fund and support from local schools and the community.
  • Sewell Park52°38′44″N 1°17′52″E / 52.6455°N 1.2977°E / 52.6455; 1.2977 is located approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the city centre adjacent to Constitution Hill. The sloping south-facing park contains a children's play area, mature trees and has a close historical connection to the family of Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty.
  • Sloughbottom Park 52°38′46″N 1°15′58″E / 52.6461°N 1.2661°E / 52.6461; 1.2661 is located 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of the city centre close to the A1067 Drayton Road. The park was officially opened in 1929 and was built as part of an unemployment alleviation scheme. The large, square, functional park features several football pitches, a children's playground and an all-weather sports court. Located close to its boundary with Marriott's Way part of the National Cycle Route 1 is the Sloughbottom Park BMX course. Of architectural interest is the Sandys-Winsch pavilion which is currently used as a dressing room for sports people.

Open spaces

Listed below are the Local Nature Reserves and the Site of Special Scientific Interest located within the city boundaries.

Local Nature Reserves

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Mousehold Heath

Site of Special Scientific Interest

Gardens

The following privately owned gardens open to the public occasionally in aid of charity.

Listed below are gardens open regularly to the public.

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The fountain in the Plantation Garden

The Captain and Norwich Parks. ISBN 0-9524756-1-8.

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