Belleville Park is a district in Staunton Island, Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Advance, and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. It borders Bedford Point to the south, Aspatria to the north, Newport to the east, and an unnamed body of water to the west.
Contrary to its name, Belleville Park is actually a district that not only contains a small, namesake enclave of forestry, but also the surrounding urban space.
The park itself is a lush, hilly greenspace containing a maze of footpaths, complete with a pond (with an island and adjoining jetty), a boatyard and three basketball courts on the northern end, an obelisk and underground lavatories (with a detailed interior in GTA III) at the center, and a single footbridge and runs over a below-ground footpath to the south. The serene nature of the park is intended to clash with much of Staunton's heavily developed state, and is essentially the only major park in the city.
The outskirts of Belleville Park consists of multiple skyscrapers and landmarks across the road from the park. To the west, a row of seemingly residential buildings are lined along the park, as is part of an underground roadway that links Bedford Point to Aspatria. To the south are a set of skyscrapers, as well as a town hall seemingly inspired by the New York City Hall building. To the east are skyscrapers that are also partially located in Newport, including an unnamed shopping mall. Finally, the southern side of Belleville Park encompasses a large number of mixed use commercial and residential buildings. Belleville Park is also the terminating point for the Shoreside Lift Bridge, connected via a ribbon-shared overpass.
The park is loosely based on Central Park in New York City, since this rendition of Liberty City is based on New York City to a certain extent. However, Belleville Park is much smaller than its real-life counterpart. The obelisk in the park may be based on the Cleopatra's Needle in Central Park, but is only similar in the form, not in detail. Probably "Belleville Park" derives its name from the nearby Manhattan suburb of Belleville, New Jersey.
Places of Interest
North Belleville Park is most notably the location of the player's Staunton Island safehouse in GTA III, while corrupt police officer Ray Machowski issues orders to the player from within the park's underground lavatories. In addition, a Landstalker parked in front of the park's lake is primary intended to activate a checkpoint side mission, known as "A Ride in the Park".
Prominent Appearances in Missions
Grand Theft Auto III
- Under Surveillance
- Payday For Ray
- Silence the Sneak
- Arms Shortage
- Evidence Dash
- Gone Fishing
- Plaster Blaster
- Marked Man
Grand Theft Auto Advance
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Liberty City Stories
- "Belle ville" is French for "beautiful city".
- It is possible that the beta name of the park was "Liberty City Park", since a radio announcement of the Medieval Millenium Fair informs it takes place at the said park, and there are no other parks in 3D Liberty City.
- The interior of the park's underground toilet in GTA III is reused at the beginning of Manhunt's "Road to Ruin" level.
- In GTA Liberty City Stories, set in 1998, Mayor Roger C. Hole is assassinated by Toni Cipriani on the grounds of the park while he is jogging during "A Walk in the Park".
- GTA Advance is the only game where the player can drown in the lake of the park.
- In GTA Advance, the lake and the boatyard (replaced by a restaurant in this game) are located in the south side of the park, while in GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, they are located in the north side. Also, the lake's island is bigger than the GTA III rendition of the park.
- The Grand Theft Auto Advance rendition of the Belleville Park War Memorial appears in the arcade game Street Crimes: Gang Wars Edition in Grand Theft Auto Online.
- Park district, a similarly designed park in the preceding rendition of Liberty City.
- Middle Park, a similarly designed park in the succeeding rendition of Liberty City.