Parker's Piece, Cambridge

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Parker's Piece is a 25acre flat and roughly square green common located near the centre of Cambridge, England and is now regarded as the birthplace of the rules of Association Football. The two main walking and cycling paths across it run diagonally, and the single lamp-post at the junction is colloquially known as Reality Checkpoint. The area is bounded by Park Terrace, Parkside, Gonville Place, and Regent Terrace. The Cambridge University Football Club Laws were first used on Parker's Piece and adopted by the Football Association in 1863. "They embrace the true principles of the game, with the greatest simplicity" (E. C. Morley, F.A. Hon. Sec. 1863). 'The Cambridge Rules appear to be the most desirable for the Association to adopt' (C. W. Alcock 1863, FA committee member and founder of the FA Cup). A statue was due to be erected in October 2013 to celebrate the 150th anniversary on the Football Association and their adoption of the Cambridge Rules, but has been delayed.The grass is well manicured and it is known today chiefly as a spot for picnics and games of football and cricket, and serves as the games field for nearby Parkside Community College. Fairs tend to be held on the rougher ground of Midsummer Common.In 1838, a feast for 15,000 guests was held on Parker's Piece to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.
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  • Very large park regularly hosted by festivals, children's playground. It is almost in full Center of cambridge and it's nice to be able to land between friends.
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  • Park to chill if you are uni students and also loads of fest.keeps on happening.The recent one is Thai festival.  more »
  • In the summer this turns into a large fair ground with tents set up for a variety of stalls and entertainment venues including a stage for bands and other performances. Locals gather for picnics in th...  more »
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  • Large open green space which is very popular especially during the summer. All sorts of activities take place, sporting (cricket, football, rounders, Frisbee throwing, etc.) and social (music, picnics, free/paid events etc.). Site of a few free music events put on by the city, the biggest of which is the Big Weekend in the summer. Claimed to be the place where Association Football Rules originated.
  • Ringed with tall trees and crisscrossed with paths, with the reality checkpoint at the centre. Another central city park frequented by tourists and students who leave their rubbish behind. But it can be a pleasant place to sit. Sometimes there are games of cricket. Regularly home to large scale events. Reputed to be the place were the modern rules of soccer where formulated.
  • Great big green field in the middle of Cambridge! Lovely in the summer, one can play football or relax. And in recent years they have Christmas fairs, summer fairs and so on which really makes use of the open space. I tend to mostly use it to get to town from mill road.
  • Famous as the place where Town meets Gown. See the lamp post in the middle. Also claims to be the place where FA rules for Football were first established for the entire world. I couldn't care less myself.
  • It is a large open space of green just across our hotel and a 10 min. walk into the city center. Plenty of room for everyone to run , cycle about the pavements or just sit about and enjoy the atmosphere. Picnics, cafes and restaurants surround it. If u r lucky some festival is taking place. Green, green makes me grin.

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