New play facilities planned for Portglenone

Friday 15 December 2023

Work is due to commence soon on the construction of a new Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Portglenone.

Outline map of the Portglenone MUGA site

The MUGA will be located adjacent to both the Marina and the Community Centre – with the project also including an upgrade of the children’s play park.

This investment of £430K is part of the £2.4M funding package secured by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for its Covid Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme - with funding provided for the project from the Department for Communities (DfC) Department of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs (DAERA) and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

FP McCann Ltd. have been awarded the contract and plans for the project will be completed by the end of March 2024. 

The 34m x 20m MUGA will have a 3G surface, flood lighting and ball stop fencing. The facilities will cater for a wide range of sporting activities and once complete will be available for the local community to book.

The new children’s play area - which will include inclusive equipment - has been designed to inspire fun and creativity for children and their families.

The plans have been developed following engagement with the Portglenone Enterprise Group, to maximise the available space in the area and accommodate a wide range of activities and events that take place annually in the surrounding green spaces.   

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, welcomed the plans saying: 

“I am delighted that Council will be delivering this excellent pitch for the local community, and I know it will be extremely popular and well-used.

“Mid and East Antrim has a proud reputation for sporting excellence and this investment paves the way for future success - these facilities will be invaluable to those who use them.

“The play park upgrade will be a fantastic asset for young people in and around Portglenone too – I look forward to seeing the plans and watching the project come to life.”

Highlighting the support of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and the Department for Communities, Regional Director of Development at DfC Gerard Murray commented: “The funding for this project has been made available through collaboration across central and local government, and it’s great to see work starting on the ground.  I have no doubt it will deliver significant benefits for the people of Portglenone and to the continued efforts to maximise the potential of the town’s marina area.”