Nottingham City Council's parks provide opportunities for residents and visitors to play, exercise, think and relax - and they're all free.
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The Arboretum is a Green Flag Award winning park and is Nottingham's oldest public park and the one that is closest to the city centre.
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Broxtowe Country Park
Covering an impressive forty six hectares, Broxtowe Country Park combines a mixture of woodlands and grassland with excellent recreation facilities including an exciting adventure playground and football pitch.
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Bulwell Bogs is a Green Flag Award winning park, found in the Heart of Bulwell Town Centre. It boasts a waterpark, a comprehensive play ground, toilets, picnic areas, historic interpretation boards and a promenade along the River Lean, lined with cherry's, perennial borders and seating all within a site encompassing less that one hectare of land.
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Bulwell Hall Park
Bulwell Hall Park offers visitors the opportunity to "experience the countryside" within an inner city urban area. The park's ancient woodlands, nationally rare grasslands and fauna sit comfortably alongside an 18 hole golf course, cricket pitch, fishing lakes and a pavilion which continues to attract many visitors all year round.
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Clifton Playing Fields
Clifton Playing Fields covers 20 hectares and is mainly an outdoor sports site, with 2 grass cricket pitches, 11 adult football pitches, 5 tennis courts, a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), an all weather floodlit pitch and 2 bowling greens.
Clifton Central Park
Clifton Central Park, also known locally as 'Flower Park', is situated behind Clifton Leisure Centre. An attractive park with flower beds and wooded areas.
Colwick Country Park
Colwick Country Park is a large and diverse area of water, woodland and meadows providing a perfect backdrop for a variety of both wildlife and recreational activities.
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Coppice Park is a 5.6 hectare site, that runs alongside Ransom Road and is one of Nottingham's oldest parks, with a history dating back to the mid 18th Century.
Forest Recreation Ground
The Forest Recreation Ground sits about a mile north of the city centre and is well known to many visitors as the site of the annual Nottingham Goose Fair. In addition to hosting many other popular events, Forest Recreation Ground also has a variety of recreation facilities which includes football pitches, play areas, bowls greens and a number of designated leisure walks.
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Completed in July 2009 this park was designed with the input of the local community. There is a new fenced toddler and juniors play space, with seating for parents and carers.
Highfields Park is known to many locals as the University Park because of its close proximity and close relationship with the University of Nottingham Campus. This 121 acre park is well endowed with magnificent trees, wildflower meadows, exotic plantings and water features. On site activities, include boat hire, bowling, croquet, putting, children's play area and a variety of Lake Pavilion events.
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Covering 30 acres of land the site provides a beautiful and peaceful retreat from the surrounding hustle and bustle of the city, High Wood is truly a place in which to reflect, contemplate and relax.
King Edward Park
King Edward Park is a 2.6 hectare park that sits just outside the City Centre on Carlton Road. The park was the site of the former County Lunatic Asylum, which dated back to the mid 19th Century
King George V Playing Fields
A popular local park which provides an attractive large open space in which to exercise and relax which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.
Covering an area of approximately two hectares, this site combines its prominent row of trees and herbaceous borders with excellent facilities which include bowls, tennis, a multi-use games area, informal football pitch and a children's play area.
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Lenton Recreation Ground
A Green Flag Award winning park, Lenton's 'village green' was Nottingham's first ever purposely laid-out recreation ground. It was opened in 1887 and since then it has remained a well used community facility.
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An attractive park with a children's play area, pavilion, two Poplar lined avenues and football pitches that are used regularly by local teams
Queen's Walk Recreation Ground
Queen's Walk Recreation Ground is situated on the kilometre long, tree-lined Queen's Walk in the Meadows area.
An attractive park that provides excellent views across the city. The wooded area provides a haven for wildlife with a number of species of birds including Green Woodpeckers and Kestrels
Strelley Recreation Ground
Strelley Recreation Ground is a beautiful, Green Flag award winning park, situated 3 1/2 miles northwest of Nottingham city centre. It provides a mixture of landscapes to explore and enjoy; a large area of open grassland, a woodland walk, wildflower grassland meadow and a woodland wildlife area.
A large picturesque neighbourhood park that has been seen considerable investment in recent years including a new pavilion with a community room, a high quality football pitch, floodlit tennis courts, public toilets and increased on site parking. The pond area backs on Basford Library and is very popular with anglers, walkers and wildlife watchers and plans are being created to redevelop this area.
Opened in 1901 the historic Victoria Embankment is situated in a picturesque setting beside the River Trent.
Victoria Park is Green Flag Award winning park. Steeped in history, this park has enjoyed ongoing improvements including play areas, toilets, footpaths, football and basket ball facilities. There is also the newly planted inter-faith garden which represents a unified wish for world peace and tolerance.
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Woodthorpe Park provides a mix of landscapes including formal gardens, grassland and small wooded areas. An 18 hole pitch and putt course and two football pitches attract sports enthusiasts whilst the Tropical House, 'sunken garden' with water feature and innovative train sculpture at the entrance to the old railway bridge appeals to visitors from both the city and wider surrounding area.
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Wollaton Park is a beautiful open space enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. From the regular dog walkers, to runners, picnic makers and tourists, the park is hugely popular and much loved.