Bellevue is a popular park in Wrexham
As part of a guide to the region's urban parks, we take a look at Bellevue Park in Wrexham
It's a busy and popular town centre park designed to be a modern place for people to relax or exercise but it actually dates from the Edwardian period. The design for the park was approved in 1909 and much of the work to create it was carried out in the following years.
The overall appearance today is shaped by the mature trees of which the majority were planted in 1912 - the same year the National Eisteddfod was held in the park. The bandstand, a central feature to this day, was officially opened in August 1914 but now local bands can be seen there.
The statue of Queen Victoria originally stood in front of the former Guildhall in the town centre but was moved to its current location in 1928 during development work at the park which was suspended during both world wars when the park was used to grow vegetables.
More extensive improvements took place thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery and the park was reopened in 2000. A Friends of Bellevue Park community group was established a year later.
Features and facilities
The park's central feature is the bandstand which plays host to many concerts during the summer months. The park has facilities for a number of sports with tennis courts, a basketball court and two bowling greens along with a fitness-based obstacle course that can be used at any time.
Richard Aram, the park development officer, says the avenues that stretch from the bandstand and along the Ruthin Road border are made up of lime trees. Other species include the common maples, beech and birch, red oak, whitebeam, walnut and various poplars.
Richard says the park's trees and hedgerows are managed to ensure habitats are maintained and not disturbed. The park also has a number of bird boxes and bat boxes in various locations. Plus, in 2006, a new wild area was set aside to allow wildflowers and other insect attracting plants to develop.
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