The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1,752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within Europe. About 30% of the Phoenix Park is covered by trees and the park is home to Dublin Zoo, a herd of fallow deer, The Victorian People’s Flower Gardens, Ornamental lakes, children’s playgrounds and picnic areas.
St. Catherine’s Park which is located five minutes from Rokeby Park consists of 200 acres of woodland and grass land. The key recreational and amenity uses of the park are walking, jogging, cycling and formal sport including soccer, Gaelic football and
canoeing. The park has a new BMX biking track and children’s playground and has a manned ranger station. The famous Liffey Descent, a 25 mile canoe race passes along
the River Liffey nearby the park.