Investing in your area
We have been working on a range of projects to improve Falls Park, Belfast City Cemetery and Whiterock, to offer better facilities for the community and to make these sites more attractive, safe and welcoming for everyone.
Recent improvements include:
- a free outdoor gym in Falls Park, suitable for all ages and abilities
- a dedicated youth area suitable for a range of uses, including an outdoor classroom
- a refurbished play park with modern play equipment
- refurbishment of the Belfast Blitz memorial in City Cemetery
- new allotment plots at Whiterock, following the success of our popular community garden
- a new playground and multi-use games area in the green space in front of Whiterock Leisure Centre.
Work is also underway on a new 3G pitch, changing pavilion and open space improvements in Falls Park.
About Falls Park
The park has many fine mature trees, beautiful flowers, horticultural displays and grassland areas.
In June 1866, Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) purchased 101 acres of land on Falls Road from the Sinclair family. Some of the land was set aside for the building of Belfast City Cemetery, but the rest was earmarked for a new park.
However, because the land initially fell outside the Belfast city boundary, the area was not considered a public park until the Public Parks (Ireland) Act was passed in 1869.
The area, now known as Falls Park, was eventually established in 1873.
In 1924, an outdoor swimming pool, known locally as ‘the Cooler’, was added to the park. It cost £3,000 to build and was fed by the Ballymurphy Stream, which still flows through the area today. The pool closed in 1979 for public health reasons.
Orangefield Park and Victoria Park are open 24/7. The rest of our parks open at 7.30am and close at the following times throughout the year.
|7 May - 29 July 2018
||10pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
|30 July - 12 August 2018
||9.30pm (9pm for Botanic Gardens)
|13 August - 26 August 2018
|27 August - 2 September 2018
|3 September - 16 September 2018
|17 September - 30 September 2018
|1 October - 14 October 2018
|15 October - 21 October 2018
|22 October - 28 October 2018
|29 October - 11 November 2018
|12 November - 30 December 2018
Enter the park at Falls Road. If you are travelling by bus, take Metro no.10 A-F from Belfast city centre and get off opposite the park, beside Milltown Cemetery
In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Falls Park was awarded the Green Flag Award, which recognises the best open spaces in the UK. It is one of 15 of our parks, cemeteries and open spaces to receive this award.
07795 831899 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm only)