UK's Best Park - Northern Ireland
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Think your local green space is the best in the country?
Voting is now closed for UK's Best Park, as voted by YOU! 2017. The parks nominated within Northern Ireland are listed below. Voting closed at 5pm on Friday 3rd November and the winner of UK's Best Park 2017 will be announced at the Fields in Trust Awards at Lord's Cricket Ground on Wednesday 29th November.
To view parks nominated in other areas around the UK simply follow one of the links below.
Barnett Demesne Park
It is a lovely park and has so many different walks to go on with lovely views of the countryside.
Brooke Park is my favourite walk, right in the centre of town, something for everyone - walks, cafe, great kids play park and beautiful pond. Loads of sports available in the leisure centre and bowling green. What's not to love.
Broughshane Waterfowl Pond
Entirely run by volunteers, families can walk alongside and feed a variety of wildfowl and waterbirds. Giant bug statues, bug trail, fairy village and giant's story chair to amuse the kids, and benches and picnic areas for quiet contemplation or family picnics. A leafy riverside haven in Broughshane.
Dog friendly, child friendly, fun, well looked after, clean, beautiful, romantic, lots of events including a parkrun and festivals, home to wildlife, beautiful flowers and very picturesque.
Craigavon City Park
Great mix of lake, woodland, open green space, bike trails, watersports, paths for cycling and walking, wild flower meadows, rare flowers, plants, birds and butterflys.
Dixon Park is a family park in the town of Larne. It was bestowed to the town 82 years ago and was renovated a few years ago with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund. It provides an oasis of calm and green areas for play and relaxation. There is a child friendly area.
Lilian Bland Community Park
This is a great park for all the community. The highlights of the park are the brighter nights and culture carnival which runs each Friday evening from June to August which all the children and adults look forward to.
Beautiful park with something for everyone. Pop up cafe in the summer, walks around the lake, tennis, kids park, swans, geese etc. Coalport fountain and the second largest park in Ireland. Lots of charity runs. A wonderful place to visit.
The pirate ship is awesome. There are loads of cool pieces of play equipment such as sunken trampolines, climbing equipment and rope swings. I also really like the fact that there are grassy areas where you can kick your football around have picnics with family
This park is three minutes walk from our house so we use it regularly for walks. There are squirrels to watch and ducks in the river. We are so fortunate to have such a lovely green open space so close to home.
It's a really lovely park. Very thoughtfully designed and looked after. In the heart of Belfast. Serves the needs of local people, also hosting large events. A space to be proud of.
Roe Valley Country Park
The Roe Valley Park is a gem nestled in at the end of the Sperrins near Limavady. It has fairytale woodland, a crystal clear salmon river, beautiful wild green spaces where a profusion of flora and fauna can be seen. It also has a great cafe and helpful staff. Paradise!
Shaftesbury Park is a charming Victorian park in Carrickfergus town centre with plenty of mature tree specimens and remnants of Carrickfergus Castle's ancient wall. It's tranquil and connected to the Mill Ponds with a wide range of wildlife to view. Shaftesbury Park has been described as 'Carrickfergus' best kept secret'.
It's a part of the Connswater Community Greeenway - a £40 million funded project. Victoria Park is home to parkrun every Saturday and is an Area of Special Scientific Interest. People from all over love this park for the different needs it meets; the social, physical and mental wellbeing.
Our park has recently been improved in the children's play area and is now completely safe for toddlers and older children. Plenty of grassed areas, beautiful trees and indoor tennis courts etc, make this a park to be proud of.
This is an old glen which goes back to Victorian times. In springtime, the floor is covered in bluebells. Granite steps and old iron railings lead to the waterfall (mares tail). Also, Neolithic caves known locally as pixie caves add magic to this glen, an Area of Special Scientific Interest - a gem being neglected