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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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  • This is a good meeting spot to explore Cambridge from - often there is something going on in Parker's Piece that can be fun.  more »
  • A large open space in the middle of the city but no gardens or plant / flower borders. Surrounded by mature trees with the queueing traffic and a police & fire station in the background, it just lacks...  more »
  • The main thing that keeps Cambridge small is that the city centre is almost completely surrounded by green sites. Parker's Piece is just such a place. It is used regularly by walkers and cyclists for ...  more »
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  • Clean, free, old fashioned fun. Get your kids outdoors. No excuses. Play area good for younger and older kids. Big paddling pool. Love ot here. Lovely walk along the river.
  • Well kept green, usually quite busy though and bordered by busy roads. Landmark in the centre is now refurbished which is excellent
  • Just a big square of grass with a path crossing through the middle. Its a nice place to chill on lunch break. There are benches surrounding the place but afe often all being used. The only thing that lets the place down is cyclist blast down the paths with no disregard for the cycle lanes on the path or pedestrians. Been knocked over a few times by idiot cyclists on the park.
  • Great square for dog walking, it's also a great orientation point as buses for other cities stop there.
  • Great place to relax. Also a lot of activity around. Love it!