Park signed a professional contract with Durham late in 2005 after impressing on trial with the A team.
A specialist wicketkeeper and handy lower-order batsman, he has also played first-class cricket for Cambridge UCCE and 2nd XI cricket for Somerset.
As second choice 'keeper in 2006, Park took advantage of his limited opportunities, hitting a century and a fifty in only four championship innings.
He featured in just two championship games in 2007, and only once during the triumphant 2008 campaign, finding himself behind Phil Mustard in the pecking order at the Riverside.
Park turned down the offer of a new four-year contract at Durham to move to Derbyshire on a two-year deal at the end of the season in a bid to play more first-team cricket.
The move paid huge dividends as Park quickly showed what Durham had missed out on.
Used as a front-line batsman he chalked up two hundreds and eight half-centuries in passing 1,000 runs in the LV= County Championship.
His first hundred (a career-best 178 not out) was scored in tandem with Chris Rogers also blasting a double century against Division Two champions Kent, while he also reached three figures against Essex in the final game of the season.
An average of 42 made him, alongside Derbyshire's opener Wayne Madsen, one of the finds of the season given he also chipped in with seven wickets.