About 20 minutes walk west of City centre is Fitzgeralds Park on the banks of the River Lee.This is a pleasent park to relax in and enjoy the beauty.There is also a good play section here for childern to play.There is also a scent garden here for the blind.This park has many lovely features,like the quite little pond with it's fountain.Dotted around the park you will find sculptures too.Toilets are available here too and last time I was there they were clean!
There is a cafe/resturant here too for refreshments of a light meal.
Entrance to the museum within the park grounds is free.It is not vast but it is interesting and worth a visit.
Fitzgerald Park is a charming place to spend a morning or afternoon in, walking along its shady lanes or watching the ducks on the pond. Bordered by the river in the north, it commands a fantastic view of Sunday's Well, the affluent suburb situated on its high escarpment.
It's one of the greenest areas of Cork with willows overhanging the river banks and lush greenery squeezing into every nook and cranny, a place where you encounter every shade of green interspersed with a wide variety of flowers of every possible colour.
Apart from beautiful nature, the park boasts a number of man's artistic creations, like the statue of 'Boy with boat' on the small pond, or the mirror tree trunk. Walking along the river as far as Ferry Walk you can reach the Shakey Bridge, deriving its name from the slight motion it can be set in. I would have had a go at swinging on it, if by the time we got there heavy rain had not forced us back into the car.
If you visit the park during the opening hours of Cork Public Museum right opposite the gate in The Mardyke, you may want to see their exhibition of Michael Collins or Cork's role in the War of Independence or else their archaeological exhibits. We were perfectly happy just to have our walk, it was too late in the day for a visit to the museum anyway.
Doing my research on Cork before our trip, I noticed we were staying close to Fitzgeralds Park and I promised my sister we would visit the park since her lastname is Fitzgerald. So after dinner, Gene, Amy and I walked to the park and we were not disappointed. The park was full of beautiful flower gardens. It was a lovely evening and we just loved our walk through the quiet and peaceful park. We were glad we visited Fitzgerald Park as it was very relaxing--a very nice ending for a day of travel.
Fitzgeralds park is the largest in the city and a favourite place to stroll and relax. All the usual park features are here -formal gardens, fountains, green spaces and a great waterlily pond. Open spaces are interspersed with crisscross paths and enormous trees and shrubs.At regular intervals you will come upon freestanding sculptural pieces from the traditional to the slightly bizarre. If you are travelling with children they will definitely enjoy the playground which is very well equipped with slides, swings and climbing frames.
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