Snow covering the woods of Hazlehead Park
|Area||180 hectares (1,800,000 m²)|
|Created||(bought by the city for the public) 1920|
|Operated by||Aberdeen City Council|
|Status||Open all year|
Hazlehead Park is a large public park in the Hazlehead area of Aberdeen, Scotland. 180 hectares in size, it was opened to the public in 1920, having formerly been the estate of Hazlehead House, home of William Rose, shipbuilder.
A large, heavily wooded park on the outskirts of the city, it is popular with walkers on the many tracks through forests; sports enthusiasts (particularly mountain bikers); naturalists; and picnickers. Horse riders from the nearby Hayfield horse centre ride on the tracks that snake through it.
There are football pitches, two golf courses, a pitch and putt course and a horse-riding school. The park has a significant collection of sculpture by a range of artists, including the memorial to those who lost their lives in the Piper Alpha disaster. It also has heritage items which have been rescued from various places within the city, and it features Scotland's oldest maze, first planted in 1935. There is a cafe which will be reopening in summer 2012.
The park is most famous for its two 18 hole and its pitch and putt golf courses. The courses are public owned and there are no handicap or other restrictions for those who play on them.
- "Hazlehead maze opens for the summer". Aberdeen City Council News. 2006-06-16. Archived from the original on 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
- Information about William Rose is sourced from "The Gilcomston Story", an account of Gilcomston Church from its beginnings to 1945, written by Francis Lyall. The relevant section is the piece regarding Rev. Robert Forgan.
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