Arden Park

Shakespeare's forest

Arden Park was first listed in the Stratford city directory in 1925. It was named for the forest of Arden, a district in the western part of the Warwickshire, England, originally part of a huge forest tract north of the Avon River. Arden Park in Stratford, Ontario, was named in the Shakespearean tradition of the city. It and Verona were the first Stratford streets whose name includes Park. By: Stanford Dingman

Perhaps the most famous forest in the Shakespearean canon is the great Forest of Arden in As You Like It. First performed in 1599, As You Like It presents a revolutionary rural court held in an ancient woodland. This fantastic forest is full of surprises: girls dress as boys, fools offer wise advice and royal courtiers behave like Robin Hood’s band of Merry Men. The English Forest of Arden stretched from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire to Tamworth in Staffordshire, covering vast swathes of land, including the present cities of Coventry and Birmingham. Source: Oxford University Where was Shakespeare's Forest of Arden ?