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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.HistoryThe 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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  • Brill park plus scenery, only walked half of it. Need to do the other half lol. What I walked was really impressive. Great for big events. Recommend to anyone!  more »
  • Went here to have a picnic with my bf and the place was blooming with flowers! The place was huge and plenty of open space, it had football pitches, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor gym spots whi...  more »
  • Love going for a walk or a run around Ormeau Park. If you want to go for a casual walk there is plenty of nature to see, including plenty of dog walkers. If you fancy picking up the pace and going for...  more »
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  • I do the park run here on Saturdays when I'm in Belfast. The volunteers make it achievable even for those like me who hardly ever run!
  • Amazing, huge park, great for long walks or just chilling out and sitting on the grass on a sunny day.
  • Large open space. If it became available now instead of 100 years ago; the council would just build tiny apartments on it.
  • Gorgeous. Built in 5k run with all weather exercise machines. Lots of great photo opportunities. Dog friendly.
  • Absolutely beautiful, so well looked after and so close to the city, perfect place to escape to on a sunny day!

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