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Photograph of the play park at Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus

Mid & East Antrim is a haven for young children and it’s packed with safe, secure play areas for them to unleash their energy.

Play is an essential part of every child's life and is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. When children are asked about what they think is important in their lives, playing and friends is usually at the top of the list.

Children's Right to Play

The right to play and informal recreation, for all children and young people up to 18 years of age, is enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the UK government in 1991. The government has a duty under this convention to protect and promote play opportunities for all children and young people.

Important Information

All Play Parks are open from Dawn to Dusk. The equipment in our Play Parks are suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years old only. All children should be closely supervised by an adult at all times.

For further information on any Play Park or if you wish to report any damage, abuse or incidents, please contact the Parks & Open Spaces Service on T: 0300 124 5000.

Our Play Park Locations


Dog faeces can pose a significant health risk to humans, particularly young children as their immune systems are not fully developed. Children are also more likely to come into contact with soil or sand that contains dog faeces whilst playing in parks, gardens and playgrounds. All faeces contain bacteria that can cause stomach upsets, but the greatest risk is from toxocariasis.

Toxocariasis is particularly hazardous to small children as it can result in blindness.

You might have heard of Toxocariasis, but do you know exactly what it is and how to prevent it?

Even if you don't have a pet, make sure you're aware of the risks.

For further information download our Toxocariasis Information Sheet.