Hagley Park has been at the heart of Christchurch since the 1850s and is today the most significant central city park. It offers a diverse range of entertainment and recreational facilities close to the city centre. Located in the central city, Hagley Park is formed of North and South Hagley Park, separated by Riccarton Avenue. Visitors can enter anywhere around the perimeter of the park. It is renowned for its extensive area of 165 hectares (407 acres), its wide-open spaces and mature woodlands. The park is a major sporting and cultural focal point with netball courts, a golf course, soccer and rugby pitches.