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Ropner Park, Stockton-on-Tees
(4.7/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
Ropner Park is a free public park, located in Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England.In June 1890 Major Robert Ropner offered a piece of land, known locally as Hartburn Fields to the people of Stockton which could be used as a public park, providing the local council would lay it out 'tastefully' and ‘keep it forever’. On 4 October 1893, Ropner Park was officially opened by the then Duke & Duchess of York. The ceremony involved the royals using an ornate key to open the Golden Gates.After a century of regular use by the people of Stockton, the park was refurbished and renovated to its former glory between 2004 and 2007 by Stockton Borough Council, thanks to a £2.65m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Park is a roughly square site, with 20th-century railings along its road boundaries and is typically Victorian in style, with rockeries and floral displays. It has a tree-lined avenue which leads to an ornamental fountain and a pavilion with a veranda and also includes a new bandstand, based on the original design, a park ranger's office, bowling green, quoits green, tennis courts and a cafe, (run by the local charity, The Friends of Ropner Park). A large lake with islands dominates the lower part of the park and offers sanctuary to various species of water fowl and fish.Seasonal fairs and occasional organised events are staged at the park throughout the year and various bands feature most Sunday afternoons during the summer months.
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  • My sister and I had a very good lunch at the nearby Cornerhouse Cafe and then had a post prandial walk in the park. 
  • A very nice well kept park. Has a great kids park with lots of things for them to play on. Good tenis courts & a fantastic little cafe serving hot & cold snacks or meals, very fair prices the park als...  more »
  • Local little park with nice pond area, loads of swans. Feels peaceful and safe for lone woman running, lots of couples and families. 
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  • This Victorian Park was restored to its former glory in 2009 and has been lovingly maintained ever since. Clean, safe and with areas for all park activities (child's play area, dog walking, bowling, band stand, tennis courts, cafe, lake with ducks and swans, woodland area, fountain etc) you will enjoy Ropner Park at all times of the year.
  • Great play area for kids, good landscaped park, with a nice pond/lake. Shop is often out of the more popular ice creams and lollies.
  • A nice park to have a walk after being served a hot English breakfast by your cousin..
  • Lovely well maintained park, large open areas of grass and lovely trees.
  • Took kids around park to collect Autumn things (fallen Leave sticks and acorns etc) The park itself is nice to walk around,. albeit we had a couple young lads on cycles being youthfull close by. Playground itself is good but once again seem a bit overrun by teenages climbing ontop of the buidling and riding bikes on one wheel.