Herbert Park (Irish: Páirc Hoirbeaird) is the name of a road and a
public park in Ballsbridge, Dublin.
The bandstand, with the pond in the background, both dating from the Irish International Exhibition in 1907.
The land used for the park was given to the city by the Earl of
Pembroke whose family name was Herbert. In 1907, the World Fair known
as the Irish International Exhibition was held in Ballsbridge. When
the structures had been dismantled, the site was developed as the
current public park, with the bandstand and pond being the only
remaining structures from the time. It is now maintained by Dublin
City Council. The former site of the Johnston, Mooney & O'Brien
bakery bordered the park and when that site was redeveloped as the
Herbert Park Hotel, a new entrance was opened at the easternmost
end of the park.
The park is thirty-two acres in size and is in two halves, divided by a road, also called Herbert Park. A full circuit of the park's perimeter is almost exactly one mile, a fact used by runners and walkers to measure their progress. The larger half, on the south side of the road, is bounded by the River Dodder, houses, and includes a number of soccer pitches, formal gardens, and a large duck pond. The northern half is home to a public children's playground, a number of tennis courts, and the bowling green of Herbert Park Bowling Club.
The park's pond has proven to be an excellent location for breeding of carp. In February 2006 the pond was nearly completely emptied in order for cleaning to take place. The carp were removed to alternative locations. These carp were up to 2 feet (0.61 m) in length. In spring 2009, the pond was re-stocked.
The Herbert Park is reachable also via public bus transportation, only around 10 to 15 minutes from Dublin City Centre...Bus no.7....leave the bus opposite the RDS Exhibition halls and from here it is only another 5 to 10 minutes walking distance along the river Dodder and the Herbert Park Hotel to the entrance of the magnificent urban Herbert Park. Magical indeed.
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