Ormeau Park is a popular venue for sport, with a range of facilities that are located in Ormeau Park Playing Fields including soccer pitches, two bowling greens and pavilions, a BMX track, basketball, tennis and netball courts. The park also has a children’s playground.
The park is also popular with both walkers and joggers and has a range of eco trails and orienteering routes.
The park also offers a limited number of electric mobility scooters for customer use. They are free to use and can be collected from the Indoor Tennis Centre and Ozone Complex, inside the park. No booking is required but we recommend you ring the centre in advance on 028 9045 8024 to confirm availability.
You must be a member of Shopmobility to use the scooters and show your membership card before hiring a scooter. To find out how to become a member of Shopmobility, call Mandy Smith on 028 9080 8090.
Ormeau Park was originally home to the Donegall family, who lend their name to some of Belfast's most famous streets, such as Donegall Quay and Donegall Place.
The Donegall family moved to the park in 1807, setting up home in Ormeau Cottage. The second Marquis of Donegall eventually extended the building and lived there until his death in 1844. However, as the family's debts continued to grow, they were forced to sell their estate to the Belfast Corporation (now Belfast City Council) in 1869.
Ormeau Park was officially opened to the public in 1871, making it the oldest municipal park in the city. The opening was marked with a parade from Carlisle Circus. The public were encouraged to submit their ideas for designing 100 acres of the site. The competition was won by Timothy Hevey, a 24-year-old architect from Belfast. His design can still be seen in the park today, although one or two changes have been made to his original ideas since then.