Parks in Oxford - Florence Park

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Park
Florence Park
Overview
Florence Park is in East Oxford, five minutes walk from Cowley Road and Templars Square.

The park is proud to fly its Green Flag Award that was awarded again in 2015. Awarded by Keep Britain Tidy, the Green Flag is the standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales. It is a mens of recognising and rewarding the best green spaces in the country.

Smoking Ban in Play Areas
There is a trial smoking ban in place at the enclosed play areas at Cutteslowe Park, Florence Park and Sandfield Road.
We will review this at the end of August 2016.
Location
Travel and Parking
By foot or cycle: The park is boarded by Cornwallis Road, Rymers Lane and Campbell Road with easy access from all three roads.

By Bus: The 103/104 Heyfordian service stops on Rymers Lane. Alternatively numerous buses stop on the Cowley Road and Iffley Road, which is a short walk away.

By car: During the summer months, car parking is available within the park from Rymers Lane. Alternatively on street parking is available around the park.
Opening Times
Florence Park opens at 8am each morning and is locked at the following times throughout the year:

January: 16:30
February: 17:30
March GMT: 18:00
March BST: 20:00
April: 20:00
May: 21:00
June: 21:00
July: 21:00
August: 20:30
September: 19:00
October BST: 18:00
October GMT: 17:00
November: 17:00
December: 16:00
History
The park opened in 1934 after the land was presented to the City by Councillor F.E. Moss in memory of his sister Florence.

A plaque commemorating this event can be found on the original gates.

More recently local school children created a mosaic which is displayed in the park and celebrates the 40th birthday of the Florence Park estate.
Things to do
  • enjoy the colourful flowerbeds and wildflower planting
  • play tennis on one of the five tennis courts (charges apply)
  • play miniature golf (charges apply)
  • visit one of the three children's play areas
  • build a sandcastle in sand pit and water play
  • zip wire and timber play
  • grab a tasty treat at the San Remo cafe and kiosk 
  • take a breather in the band stand
  • find the three pots of hidden geocache treasure 
  • watch the local wildlife
  • have a picnic
  • have a kickabout
  • have an informal game of cricket or frisbee
  • play table-tennis
  • grab some conkers
  • enjoy the array of native trees
  • go for a walk or run
  • visit the Children's Centre
  • view the mosaic

Wildlife

The natural features of the park; meandering stream, flowerbeds, shrubs and wildflowers areas attract many species of pollinators, mammals and birds. 

Drones

To use a drone in your local parks you will need to apply for a licence.

  • For non-filming drones  will need to apply to parks@oxford.gov.uk  or call 01865 252240 s for a licence.
  • For pilots wishing to use filming drones they must liaise with our events team and complete a filming request.

Your views and the future of the park

We are continually working to improve the park and your views and suggestions help us to do this. 

Please spend a few minutes completing our online parks satisfaction survey.

Responses from previous surveys have helped us write and update our Park Management Plan. 

Volunteer in the park

Becoming a volunteer is a fantastic way to meet new people, develop new skills and gain experience. Check our our dedicated volunteering page for all the opportunities we offer!

Sporting and Activity Opportunities

Tennis  

It is now easy to book tennis courts online before you come to the park. This is a great way to make sure one will be free for your game. You can book in minutes from your mobile, tablet or computer.

If you forget to book before you arrive at the park the easiest option is to quickly use your mobile phone to reserve one of the available courts. If you do not have an internet-enabled phone you can also check availability and pay at the kiosk in the park.

Oxford Tennis League - play friendly competitive matches. There are four 8-week rounds a year and adults of all standards are welcome to join. 

Friends Group
If you enjoy visiting Florence Park, why not get more involved in its future?

The Friends of Florence Park meet regularly. Information and dates of meetings are on their website.
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