Queen’s Park

This section is called Queen’s Park due to the fact that there is a statue of Her Majesty Queen of England and the erstwhile Empress of India – Victoria. The vast area in between the queens’ statue at the north eastern point and King Edward’s Statue (her son) at the north western point of the Cubbon Park has been developed into a beautiful garden with avenues of Polyialthia longifolia trees at either side. The avenue runs from one corner to the other at both sides of the garden to a distance of about a kilometre.

The Queen’s Park area in between the Polyaialthia avenues is maintained as lawn with annual ower beds around the statues and also at the middle of the park. Both the statues are free standing structures. Around these statues, colourful owering trees are planted and they bloom every summer lending an amazing background to the statues. This is one of the vast and well laid out gardens of Cubbon Park. It was laid out after erection of The Queen’s statue in the year 1906. The statue was designed by Thomas Brock, a renowned English sculptor. It is eleven feet tall and costed one thousand dollars during those years. It is carved out of marble and is a replica of the one at Worchester in England. King Edward’s statue was designed by L. Jennings and was erected in the year 1919. It was unveiled by John Napier Baron Chelmsford, then Governor General of India.

The garden lies behind Sheshadri Memorial Hall. It is in a circular form. The present band stand of Cubbon Park was earlier erected in this Ring Wood Circle. Military bands were used to be played her. In 1937, the band stand was shifted to a elevated place in front of Attara Kacheri, where now it stands. The whole Ring Wood Circle is covered at border with live hedge fence. A beautiful rose garden is maintained inside. Since the area is very vast, roses are grown in circular beds dotted here and there. Two footpaths run perpendicular to each other in the Ringwood area. Topiary of Thuza Occidentals is also maintained at the corners of the footpaths. This is one of the important sections as it is almost encircled by a metalled road which links the main roads touching Vidhana Soudha, High Court, K.R. Circle, Hudson Circle, Siddalingaiah Circle and the Queen’s Circle. Visitors throng this garden at weekends to enjoy its sheer beauty.

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