Highfields & University Parks
The area to the north University Boulevard consists of an Ornamental Leisure Park and Lake, and also forms a setting for the beautiful grounds of Nottingham University.
Highfields park was laid out in the 1920’s and is under the control of Nottingham City Council. I believe that the lakes form the largest body of water within the City boundary - beaten only by those at the Colwick Country Park
The area to the south of University Boulevard houses a modern Tennis Centre, Hockey Centre and Nature Reserve.
After suffering many years of neglect, the City Council has taken steps - starting in 2009 - to improve the park and it is now back to being “The Jewel in the Crown” of City Parks that it once was. The parks’ staff were assisted by a number of Community Service Offenders, who have made an excellent contribution to the effort.
Following recent footpath improvements it is now possible to do a full circular walk around the lake
The large boating lake has rowing boats and canoes for hire during the summer months, but the ‘Maid Marian’ motor launch seems to have fallen into disrepair once again and is no longer providing the once popular family trips round the lake.
Highfields and Nottingham University Parks
Highfields Park & Nottingham University Parks are an approximate 7 mile journey from Rise Park, best undertaken by car around the Ring Road to University Boulevard.
SatNav is NG7 2RD (not tested)
Parking within the grounds is possible, but spaces are very limited and can be inadequate on busy weekends
Visitor parking is available in the University car park - pay and display.
Entrance from the traffic lights on University Boulevard after leaving the ring road
The once glorious and famous Rhododendron and Azalea walk is still a shadow of what it once was, but is also regaining much of its former glory. Photo at left shows some of the shrubs in full bloom alongside the pathway adjacent to the boating lake. June 2010
The open air lido, once the largest swimming pool in Britain, has long since disappeared under new University buildings - and the once very popular childrens' paddling pool has now been abandoned. And filled in.
The Lake & Nottingham University building
The Cascade Water feature
This area of the park has been subject to serious neglect by the City Council for many years, but steps were taken in 2009 to rectify the situation and there has been a dramatic improvement. I hope to be able to add some photos in the near future and when time and conditions permit
The Lakeside Pavilion
The D H Lawrence building houses a small ‘Arts Theatre and also a cafe serving drinks and light snacks. Toilets facilities are also located in this building.See photo above below
There is also a large childrens playground with an assortment of swings, roundabouts,and climbing frames in front of this building. An ice cream van is also a regular visitor to this spot !