A Breath of Fresh Air: The Story of Belfast's Parks
Belfast boasts more than 3,000 acres of well-tended, glorious parklands. The city's open spaces allow people to congregate, to relax and be entertained, to play and watch games, to escape the trappings of urban life by surrounding themselves with greenery and clean air - much as they did when the first public parks were opened.
Few people realise the determination and passion with which our city parks were created. In this handsomely illustrated history, published in partnership with Belfast City Council, Robert Scott pays tribute to the people whose vision established over fifty parks and playing fields for Belfast - truly a breath of fresh air.
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Barnett Demesne and Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park
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acres Alexandra Park Antrim Road Avoniel Ballysillan band Barnett Demesne became Belfast Botanic Garden Belfast Castle Belfast City Council Belfast Corporation Belfast Zoo Bellevue building Casde Cave Hill Cemeteries Committee centre century chapter City Cemetery City Hall cost Councillor display Donegall Drumglass early entrance facilities Falls Park Fernhill Floral Hall flower fountain gate lodge Glenbank Glencairn graveyard green Hazelwood horticultural included Lady Dixon Park Lagan Meadows Lagan Valley land landscape later Malone House Mary Peters Athletics Musgrave Park officially opened open space Orangefield organised Ormeau Park outdoor Palm House Parks and Cemeteries Parks Department pavilion pitches planted playcentres playground pond Public Parks Committee recreation River Lagan rose scheme Shankill Sir Thomas Sir Thomas Dixon staff Street Superintendent of Parks Thomas and Lady took town trees Tropical Ravine Ulster vandalism Victoria Park visitors Waterworks William Wilmont House Woodvale Woodvale Park