New green space created in Summertown’s Alexandra Park

Published: Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Oxford City Council has created a new green space in Summertown’s Alexandra Park.

In 2015, the City Council carried out a public consultation to find out what local residents thought of the facilities in Alexandra Park.

Residents commented that they thought there was too little open space and benches provided in the park.

The City Council has carried out £32,000 of work to create the green space. A new picnic bench has been installed and new hedgerows will be planted shortly.

To create space, the City Council reduced the number of grass tennis courts at the site from eight to six.

The park’s six hard tennis courts remain. In 2015, the City Council refurbished the hard courts at a cost of £50,000.

Oxford City Council manages 900 acres of parks and open spaces across the city, including Cutteslowe and Sunnymead Park, Florence Park, South Park, and Port Meadow.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “This is another example of Oxford City Council listening to local residents to help improve their community facilities. I hope families get a lot of joy out of this new green space.”

Councillor Jean Fooks, ward member for Summertown, said: "It is very good to see a start being made to improve the park area to provide facilities for more people than just the tennis players, excellent though their continued presence here is. Unfortunately the new open space is at times being abused by some people making excessive late night noise and leaving litter. I hope that the Council will work with local people to make the space better suited to a range of activities that avoid this abuse."

Find more information about Oxford City Council’s parks and open spaces.