Musgrave Park, Belfast
Musgrave Park is a public park found in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was named after Sir Henry Musgrave who donated the land used to build the park. The surrounding area entails trading estates and residential houses. There are several facilities found in that park which include: a bowling pavilion, playing fields, walks, nature areas and bottle banks. From the year 2010, it has developed a therapy garden. The Musgrave Park Hospital has contributed to rehabilitation for all ages.
Alongside the Park, there is a smaller park at the south, Grovelands joined to Musgrave by the main pathway which runs through both of them. There have been installed public access defibrillators for park users. The park contains two bowling greens and Gaelic football, hurling and camogie pitches. The park is popular with walkers and joggers. It has a Highway to Health route.
Other attractions in Musgrave Park
The therapy garden was developed in the Park with the support of several nearby schools. It combines different therapeutic features in one space hence improves the livelihood and wellbeing of the local people. There is also a `whispering’ wall in the central focus of the garden, which is fitted with acoustic equipment and a mosaic finish to encourage sensory, stimulatory and interactive play. The park has also:
- A story circle and meeting area
- A willow tunnel
- A sand play area
- A bed for planting designed with disabled access
- Musical instruments
- Community artwork
- Play equipment
Sports pitches and facilities
Sport pitches reopened recently due to Corona virus pandemic allowing only 15 people to take part in training and other sports activities. Pavilions and changing rooms will be opened to provide access to essential toilet facilities only. The sports pitches and facilities include:
- Cycling Track at Orange field
- Multi use games areas
- Outdoor gyms
- Tennis courts
- Bridges Urban Sports Park
- Athletic Tracks
- Bowling green
- Gaelic pitches
- Belfast Wifi
There are recent amendments pertaining the flood alleviation. This is supposed to be done so as to reduce flood risk to the houses around the park. The work to be done include tunneling and construction of pipelines and removal of some trees. Later on there will be replacement of these trees. The park will remain open to the public, except for the Grovelands area. The area will be closed temporarily until the necessary amendments are done.