This city park is named after Sir Richard Wallace, who used to own the land. It’s a community hub on summer days and has sports facilities and places to walk.
Wallace Park was given to Lisburn in 1884 by its landlord, the leading art collector and philanthropist Sir Richard Wallace. It used to be called the People’s Park but when Sir Wallace died in 1890 the park was renamed in his honour. Though the park was majorly refurbished between 2010 and 2012, it has kept most of its original layout, and the duck pond and grounds for Lisburn Cricket Club have been on site since before the park became public. You can still see remnants of its Victorian origins in the bandstand in the middle of the park. It’s mostly used for performances and is a popular place for pupils from nearby schools to hang out after class.
The Park is 25 acres in size and has some grassland and wooded areas for walkers. There’s a well-equipped children’s play area and several pieces of outdoor gym equipment. In 2012 the council added tennis courts under a Tennis Dome, meaning that you can play matches on the same courts in winter and summer. The park also has a large sports pitch and hosts regular events such as the Lord Mayor’s Parade and weekly Parkruns.