Alexandra Park, Belfast

Alexandra Park is a Victorian park situated in north Belfast.[1] It is named after Princess Alexandra and was opened in 1888.[1] As is typical for parks of the period, it has a formal layout that includes tree lined avenues.[1] It also contains play areas for children.[2]

Alexandra Park fence, viewed from the Antrim Road side

Alexandra Park is believed to be the only park in western Europe to be divided by a three-metre wall.[3] The barrier was erected in 1994 and is one of a number of "peace walls" built across the city in attempt to prevent violence between Nationalist/Republican and Unionist/Loyalist communities.[3] The wall's foundations were laid on 1 September 1994, the day of the first IRA ceasefire.[4] The northern part of the park was accessible only from the Antrim Road whilst the southern part could only be reached from the Shore Road.[5] In September 2011 a gate linking the two communities was installed in the wall. The gate was initially open on weekdays from 9am to 3pm for a trial period of 3 months.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Belfast City Council. Parks and Open Spaces. A to Z of Parks. Alexandra Park". Belfast City Council. Archived from the original on 17 October 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  2. ^ Mark Simpson (16 September 2011). "Sectarian swings and roundabouts at Alexandra Park". BBC News. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "'Peace wall' gate to open at Belfast's Alexandra Park". BBC News. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ Henry McDonald (7 November 1999). "The walls that won't come down". The Observer. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  5. ^ Henry McDonald (28 July 2002). "No rest for the guns". The Observer. Retrieved 16 September 2011.

Coordinates: 54°37′05″N 5°55′55″W / 54.618°N 5.932°W / 54.618; -5.932