Talk:Tag:landuse=recreation ground

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Like village green, which I think is a good idea, neither park nor pitch really describes a recreation ground. Also like village green, it's perhaps a rather British (English even) concept though.

-- User:David.earl October 20, 2006

I have come across what can be best described as a recreation ground, in many parks of the world, although many of the countrys were once part of the British Empire which might explain it -- Batchoy 14:09, 19 December 2006 (UTC)


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Not being a Brit, I'm not sure what the definition of a Recreation Ground is... How should I tag a private neighborhood sports club (swimming, tennis)? Alan Jackson 00:08, 26 January 2009 (UTC)

Hmm, I always thought this was for a recreation area, a domain with facilities to do several sports like cycling or skating or just for sunbathing, sometimes with a lake suitable for water sports, and including bars or a restaurant. But now I actually read this page that seems something completely different than what landuse=recreation_ground is... --Eimai 18:45, 27 January 2009 (UTC)


This is obviously related to parks, but parks are leisure=park. Why is this under landuse and not leisure? Indigomc 17:57, 24 April 2010 (UTC)

I'd second this comment, as I'd been merrily using Tag:leisure=park in other areas, yet in others landuse=recreation_ground is used. At least in the UK, people would always refer about "going down the park to kick a ball about", and most are named as parks (for example, Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead, where I was surveying last weekend) -- ratarsed 12:09, 16 June 2010 (UTC)

By the name I'd expect something connected to sports, and then the description says it is like village_green. -- Dieterdreist 22:04, 13 September 2010 (BST)

I agree that this tag is confusing and probably unnecessary. It's an old one from way back in 2006. A "recreation ground" conjures images of flat grass space for doing sports and recreation, but the difference between that and a park, is not really all that interesting. Mappers would be making more useful data if they just go with the much more widely used leisure=park tag. To convey the "recreation" aspect, I would draw areas within the park with leisure=pitch and specific Key:sport tags.
The page should have a section "similar tags" which should include leisure=park and explain how a mapper might make a distinction. But maybe I would just say that this is a funny old tag, and leisure=park is much more widely used.
-- Harry Wood 00:34, 2 July 2011 (BST)

I wholeheartedly agree with Harry's comments. As relatively newer mapper, this tag seems a bit redundant and leisure=park is more useful. In the USA at least, recreation ground as a term is used rarely. However, 'Park' in the USA generally means that it can be used for recreational activities (picnics, sports, hiking,) unless otherwise specified on a physical sign at the park. :-- Skorasaurus 15:29, 21 July 2011 (BST)

I'm really missing here the difference between this and leisure=park. According to [W] wikipedia a "recreation ground is a type of park". Again: what is the difference? --Imagic 09:30, 6 June 2012 (BST)

I often use this tag for the grassy areas containing sports fields at a school (example). This is quite different from a park, which is normally an open public area for general recreation, although a park may also contain a recreation ground. --Umbugbene (talk) 06:37, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
Good example, Umbugbene! I have a similar area of grass without any markers, ready to divide in kind of fashions depending on the sport that is about to be played, often used for tournaments/cups for youth that often have smaller pitches. My thought was to only tag the grass and leave more permanent structures, like runners track, out of the recreation_ground. Could leisure=sports_centre be used for the whole area. Sports_centre includes both recreation_ground and pitches, tracks, buildings?/Johan Jönsson (talk) 15:23, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

To me a 'park' is for relaxation. A 'recreation ground' is for play. Warin61 (talk) 22:52, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Secondary (Sub) tags - associated

Showgrounds A 'showground' can be tagged landuse=recreation_ground with recreation_ground=showground While these areas are used from time to time for 'shows' (usually agricultural)they are also used for sports. Warin61 (talk) 22:52, 16 August 2016 (UTC)