Marine Gardens Play Park officially reopens!

Friday 28 June 2024

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is delighted to announce the opening of the newly refurbished play park at Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus!

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Beth Adger MBE,  was joined by local Elected Representatives, Council Officers plus representatives from Play Ground Contractor Garden Escapes, Design Team WH Stevens and PSNI.

The project - which aimed to create a more inclusive and accessible space - has transformed the park into a vibrant and exciting playground for children of all ages and abilities.

Following an extensive consultation with public and specific user groups, the play park has been designed to encourage inclusive, accessible play alongside adventure, challenge and imagination.  The main feature - an impressive ship - allows all children to experience an adventure on the high seas!

During the consultation process, basic play elements such as swings and climbing opportunities continue to come out on top and Council is delighted to be able to include a zipline at this park, which is always in high demand. 

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Beth Adger MBE, said: “It is great to see the completion of this work – it’s such an amazing resource for both local families and visitors in this beautiful seaside town.

“Council is committed to providing safe, accessible and inclusive play parks across the Borough with annual investment in play parks in line with the Council’s Out to Play strategy and Play Investment Framework which is developed in consultation with elected members and information provided from local people.  This strategy and ongoing investment demonstrates the importance placed on play throughout the Borough.”

With the re-opening of the play park situated within Marine Gardens in Carrickfergus, local Police are aware of previous concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in the area and will work alongside statutory partners to take action on any issues.

Neighbourhood Inspector Ash said: “We very much welcome the re-opening of the play park and we encourage locals to enjoy the re-vamped area and make use of the outdoor space and facilities - particularly over the summer months.

“Our Neighbourhood officers will continue to work alongside our partner agencies, local representatives and the community to find collaborative and proactive solutions to address any problems that may arise.

“Over the coming weeks, we will be increasing proactive patrols around this location to provide community reassurance. If you see any anti-social behaviour, please report it to us on 101.”