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Parks and Open Spaces

The People’s Park

Photograph of the Apples in People's Park Ballymena

The Council owned People’s Park is situated a short walk from the town centre and the 45 acre urban park is well used and loved by regular, local users and visitors from further afield. The park has now gained the prestigious green flag award and the perennial flowers planted around the bowling green and park pavilion provide a truly brilliant array of colour during spring and summer time.

Access is free!

The provision of a Senior and Junior play park makes it a well-liked well used facility with families and young people. It is also popular with sporting enthusiasts who can avail of the 4 astroturf Tennis Courts and an outdoor bowling green. The vast open space allows for ‘unstructured play’ and is a wonderful environment for all ages to make use of and enjoy. The new outdoor gym is also proving to be a popular addition to the park for all age groups of park users.

The park pavilion provides a secure resting place for all and the site overlooks a large lake, home to a large range of wild ducks and geese. Hungry folks and birds can enjoy a snack with vending machines available for humans and ‘Ducks Choice’ for the birds in the park dam.

Opening Times:

Spring / Summer: 1st April - 30th September

  • Park gates open 8:00am – Gates close 9:45pm for 10:00pm
  • Pavilion open p:00am – 9:00pm  

Autumn / Winter: 1 October - 31 March

  • Park open 8:15am – Gates close 5;45pm for 6:00pm
  • Pavilion open 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Play areas close 5:30pm for 5;45pm

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