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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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  • An easy to get to glorious park in Cambridge. I was there in winter and it was absolutely beautiful. Very central and would love to go to the markets there.  more »
  • This is one of the great assets of Cambridge and is used regularly by people for sport rest and relaxation as well as the various events craft fairs, Cambridge food and drink etc Is this a great place...  more »
  • Is a large square where the buses do period. Attention to pronunciation, because the residents speak a pronunciation like "parker's pace, so the first time I didn't understand what was" piece ". In fact I understood "parking space". Anyway, it's the place to go to catch buses to other cities.
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  • Nice, clean and some interesting and friendly people hanging about. Very nice for a casual cycle through however do be careful walking at night as the cyclists are often unlit!
  • Big wide grassy area. Not the most picturesque place in Cambridge but very good for sports like football or cricket. We played croquet here and it was fab for that.
  • Lovely green space with a huge variety of events every couple of weeks. The last few months have saw the Cambridge Big Weekend, a Thai festival, general food festivals and a carnival.
  • This is a pretty important location in Cambridge, more for locals than visitors. Just outside of the town centre, not on route to any of the tourist attractions. Paths cross the park diagonally and where they meet in the middle is the Reality Checkpoint, a white cast iron lamp post. Try one of these local activities; Risk everything by navigating the crazy cycling crisscross at speed, set up a large and competative Volleyball game next to a busy path, form a sprawling and impenetrable circle of foreign language students then shout loudly at each other for many hours.
  • Great place to chill out and relax. Nice big park. Close to a car park. All the amenities are about that are required. There is also plenty to offer activities going on.