Roker Park opened as a park for the people of Sunderland in 1880 and has been a popular seafront park ever since. The park is approximately seven hectares, and is situated in Roker next to the coast; it hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Features of the park include floral displays, model boating lake, water features, bowling greens, tennis courts, multi use games area and children's play areas. Within the park is a model railway ran by the volunteers from the Model Engineers Society which provides train rides for visitors. There are also within the grounds of the park the old smugglers caves. The northern section of the park includes a steep ravine, nature conservation areas with water features and access to Roker Seafront. The park offers educational and volunteer opportunities through CEED who are based in the Roker Park Lodge and the Friends of Roker Park.