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Ropner Park, Stockton-on-Tees

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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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  • As the title says it is just perfect, I will even say that if it rains. Talking about the weather it is beautiful on a clear winters day. This refers to the lake but the surrounding walks are just as ...  more »
  • this place is great for a sunny afternoon; a nice walk around pond (the bottom corner smells so walk fast past that bit), it has tennis court which seem to always have people playing, a big field for ...  more »
  • Forgot how well.maintained and peaceful this place can be went for a quick walk and ended up walking and taking time to revisit here will come back  more »
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  • I always go to Preston park but wanted a change so drove here. Parking is a bit difficult but there's a side street where everyone seems to park that I managed to find! The park is beautiful- it's huge and the greenery is gorgeous. There's plenty of room for picnics on the grass and there are benches dotted around. There is a cafe which is decent with toilets and baby changing facilities and a large play area with really good things for the kids to play on including a life sized boat! There's a large "pond" with ducks, swans and geese which you can walk all the way around. I took my 8 month old son for a walk and we spent a good 2 hours there. On a nice sunny day it's the perfect place to take the kids for an ice cream and a play in the park.
  • Very popular and wonderful victorian Park recently renovated. Nice café next to an enclosed play area and tennis courts. The park has an ornamental lake, a fountain and a bandstand which is frequently used. All in all, a pleasant park to stroll round.
  • Fantastic well cared for park with areas to keep everyone gappy. Tot's play area, teen's play area, tennis courts, cafe, formal flower beds, large duck pond, bandstand with concerts throughout the summer.
  • Well kept park grounds and duck pond, with excellent play area for younger children
  • Beautiful park, clean and well kept. Friendly staff and visitors.