Play areas and recreation grounds

Whether you are looking for a quiet park with some swings and a slide, or the adventure of a zip wire or climbing net, one of our 87 play areas will have something to suit your needs.

Please use the map to find your nearest play areas.

Smoking Ban in Play Areas

After positive feedback from a trial smoking ban in enclosed play areas, all play areas across Oxford are now no-smoking. 

Your views and the future of Oxford's parks

We are continually working to improve your parks and play areas. Your views and suggestions help us to do this.  See our Consultation system for a list of current consultations.

South Oxford Adventure Playground

The South Oxford Adventure Playground (SOAP) is open for exciting, adventurous play for children aged 7 and over.

The playground provides space in a natural environment for play that is creative and physically challenging. Supervised by trained playworkers who support their play, children are encouraged to explore, climb and have fun.

SOAP is situated behind Grandpont Children's Centre, Whitehouse Road, OX1 (opposite the Brasenose College sports pitches on the Abingdon Road). For more information please see the SOAP Facebook page.

Play areas on private property 

Visit our Oxford Direct Services website for more information about the commercial play area inspection, installation, repair and maintenance service we offer.