The People's Park, in Pery Square, is the principal park in Limerick City
Based on a description by the tour guide I expected this park to be much larger that it actually was. However, it is an attractive public space.
The People's Park, in Pery Square, is the principal park in Limerick City. It was formally opened in 1877, in memory of Richard Russell, a prominent local businessman.
Item of interest in the Park include the:
Drinking Fountain, provided by employees of Russell Flour Mills Former Carnegie Library, built on park ground, and now the City Art Gallery Children's Playground (toddlers - 10years old), provided in 2001 Remembrance Plaque, unveiled in 2002 Memorial to Thomas Spring Rice, M.P. for the city 1820-1832 Band Stand, erected by the Corporation of Limerick in 1895 Two Park Shelters, one of which was recently renovated under a Limerick Civic Trust/ Fas Environmental Project and the second of which is currently undergoing renovation.
The park has a large selection of mature, deciduous and evergreen trees such as, Ash, Beech, Birch, Elm, False Acacia, Flowering Cherry, Flowering Crab, Hawthorn, Holly, Hornbeam, Horse Chestnut, Lime, Maple, Mountain Ash, Oak, Ornamental Pear, Plane, Poplar, Walnut, Whitebeam and Willow plus, of course, a wonderful display of flowers during the summer months.
The parks opening hours are: 8am to dusk, and8am to 9pm from the 3rd week in April to the 4th week in August
The People's Park recently won the Best Local Park Special Category Award, 2003, in a new City Neighbourhood Competition run by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. The competition, introduced in the 5 major cities of Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, aims to replicate the success of Tidy Towns in a city context.