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Old Park is a 27 acre urban park in the city of Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. It was originally built in the 19th century as the gardens and grounds of the residency of the British Government Agent for the Northern Province.HistoryBritish Government Agent Percival Ackland Dyke purchased a 27 acre land in Jaffna using his own funds to serve as his residency and gardens/grounds. Dyke served as Government Collector for Jaffna for four years (1829–33) and Government Agent for the Northern Province for 32 years (1833–43; 1843–60; 1861–67). Dyke was known as the "Raja of the North". He was buried at St. John's Cemetery at Chundikuli, Jaffna after his death on 9 October 1867. Dyke bequeathed Old Park, via an irrevocable deed of gift through Queen Victoria, to his successors rent free.The residency building was in one corner of the land and the rest of the woodland consisted of trees. Old Park had some rare trees (mahogany, nedun, ironwood, baobab, lignum vitae) as well as trees common to the region (mango, tamarind). The income earned from the mango and tamarind fruits was used to maintain the park. The park also contained a variety of fauna including bats and butterflies.

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