Alexandra Park (named after Queen Alexandra, wife of Edward VII) is a medium sized park (11 acres), which was opened in 1902 at a time when the Poet's corner area of Bath was undergoing urban development. The main entrance, allowing car access, is located at the top end of Shakespeare Avenue. The park is also accessible by foot via a steep 15 minute walk from the city centre.
A circular road encompasses the main area of the park, and is lined with mature trees, which were planted when the park was first laid out. Situated on the top of Beechen cliff, there are amazing views north across the city; including views of Bath Abbey, the Recreation Ground, The Royal Crescent, Beckford's Tower, the newly developed Southgate shopping area, and towards the east (beyond the Lyncombe Hill Farm allotments) there are views of open fields and wooded areas, Bath University and Prior Park. The view always looks different depending on weather conditions, time of day and season.
The central area of the park includes plenty of open space for kicking a ball around, having a picnic, or walking the dog and there is a popular (and well equipped) children's playground. The park also houses a bowls club and a pétanque piste (opened in 2006) and is used for outdoor exercise classes (such as Zest Boot Camp).
I enjoy visiting the park at any time of year; it's great for blowing away the cobwebs on a windy day, kicking the autumn leaves, seeing the crocuses in spring, lounging on the grass on a sunny summer day or even taking small kids sledging in winter. The Alexandra Park forum was recently set up by members of the local community and can be accessed on the link below, which also provides further details about the history of the park, access information and user groups.