Woodvale Park is home to Woodvale Park Playing Fields. The park has been refurbished as part of our Investment Programme and new facilities include soccer pitches, a 7-a-side soccer area, a bowling pavilion, a children’s playground with toddlers play area, an outdoor exercise area, a community garden and a number of allotment plots.The park is also a popular spot for walkers and offers several varied routes. The park is also home to the Peace Tree, Northern Ireland's Tree of the Year 2015.
Woodvale Park was sold to Belfast Corporation (now the Belfast City Council) by Reverend Glover in 1888. He lived in Woodvale House, towards the south of the park, near Woodvale Avenue. The site was originally due to be called Shankill Park, but the name was changed to Woodvale at the last minute. An opening ceremony was scheduled for 3pm on Saturday 18 August 1888. However, by 3.35pm, the dignitaries had not turned up so a park ranger took the key and opened the gates to the large crowd! Woodvale Park originally included a large pond, which was used by local people in winter for ice-skating. The pond was filled in after World War II and a children's playground built in its place.
We have installed public access defibrillators for park users at Woodvale Park.
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.
If a park contains a 3G pitch, its gates may remain open while the pitches are booked for play. Users must leave the park promptly after play finishes on the 3G pitches as the park gates will be locked within 15 minutes.
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Enter the park at Woodvale Road or Ballygomartin Road. If you are travelling by bus, take Metro no.11A-D from Belfast city centre.
Woodvale Park has been awarded the Green Flag Award every year from 2014 to 2019. This award recognises the best open spaces in the UK.
Woodvale Park is a typical Victorian park, with a bandstand and landscaped flower and shrub beds. The park has been enhanced with improved paths and landscape areas as well as new lighting in some areas of the park.
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