Victoria Park is a beautiful wee jewel in the city’s crown of stunning parks. It covers only five hectares nestling among a residential area and is a 15-minute walk from the west end of the city centre.
The park was opened to the public in 1871, named after Queen Victoria, and is renowned for its seasonal flower displays, shrubs and particularly rhododendrons, and trees, and also has a small play area. Formerly known as Glennie's Park when it was a farm field, the land was taken over by the Town Council and opened as a public. A granite gate lodge was built in 1873 at the east entrance to the park.
In the middle of the park stands a granite fountain designed by Mr J.B. Bruce and described as "one of the handsomest in Great Britain". Made of 14 different types of granite from local quarries including Kemnay, Peterhead, Corrennie and Rubislaw among others, the fountain was presented to the citizens of Aberdeen by the granite polishers and master builders of the city.
It also contains a sensory garden called “Sunny Valley” which was inspired by Madam Isabel Murray who received a Civic Trust Award following its completion in 1967. To commemorate the park’s centenary in 1971, Aberdeen’s 36 councillors each planted a tree in the park and a granite stone was erected to mark the occasion.
Community involvement is vital for the continued success of Victoria Park and its Friends group is very active in both carrying out work such as promoting the park, establishing a new garden area where a former greenhouse was sited, and planting of spring bulbs – the park is renowned for its beautiful crocuses. The Friends group is also investigating along with Aberdeen City Council how the granite fountain could be brought back to life, as the water feature has not worked for a number of years. A grant has been awarded from the city’s Common Good Fund to fund the scoping project.