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Ormeau Park, Belfast

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Ormeau Park is the oldest municipal park in Belfast, Northern Ireland, having been officially opened to the public in 1871. It is owned and run by Belfast City Council and is one of the largest and busiest parks in the city and contains a variety of horticulture, woodland, wildlife and sporting facilities.
The park is open daily from dawn to dusk. It features a bandstand, basketball, netball, football and tennis facilities, bowling greens, pavilions, car parking, cycling (and BMX track), ecotrails, horticultural displays, an orienteering course, a playground, seasonal bedding, specimen trees, and multiple walks. The park opens on to the Ormeau Road, the Ormeau Embankment, Park Road, and the Ravenhill Road. Access to Belfast city centre is available on Metro bus routes 7A - 7D.
The land for Ormeau Park was formerly part of the Donegall family estate. It became their home in 1807, when the family moved to Ormeau Cottage from their town house in Donegall Place. The building was extended by George Chichester, 2nd Marquess of Donegall, who lived there until his death in 1844. Eventually the family was forced to sell the estate to pay its spiralling debt. In 1869, the area was purchased by Belfast Corporation and it was opened as a park to the public in 1871. The opening of Belfast's first public park was marked with a parade from Carlisle Circus through Belfast which attracted a large crowd and finished with speeches in the park.
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  • This park I remember as the greatest golf course, where as in other parks in the UK, which I happened to visit, was cozy, calm, clean and well cared for. The Park was crowded, but somehow mentally.
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  • Ormeau Park is fantastic in the Autumn. It is a riot of colour at the moment. The young trees change colours at different times to the gorgeous mature trees in the park.  more »
  • We walked to the park last night and had a picnic , it's a shame to waste this lovely weather ☀️ Lots of little paths to explore and plenty of picnic spots . It's a great place for all ages and there'...  more »
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  • I spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years in this park. It is pretty substantial and has everything you could want. I love spending a Summer evening laying the grass with friends. It holds a lot of happy memories for me. When I visit Belfast we tend to take a stroll around with my friend's children, and with two playgrounds to choose from - they love it too!
  • Lovely park, centrally located. Very quiet, pleasant walks on wide, smooth wheelchair friendly footpaths, some through wooded areas. Children's play area. Weekly parkrun is every Saturday at 9.30, very popular and open to all - run, jog or walk.
  • Ormeau Park is one of my favourite outdoor areas in the world. It is a great place to walk your dogs and is full of great features like children's play parks, football pitches, bowling greens and a BMX track to name a few. The perfect place for a picnic and always kept to such a high standard by the grounds keepers
  • Great tidy park, wild garlic growing and lovely scenery. Excellent facilities including water fountains for people and dogs, nice bandstand and plentiful seating and even outdoor exercise machines.
  • Good facilities. Tennis court. Basketball Court. Exercise machines. Miles of pathways to walk and open spaces for ball games. We'll maintained and plenty of access points
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