​​Share in the nostalgia as People’s Park marks 150th anniversary

The People's Park.

The People’s Park in Ballymena is celebrating its 150th year and the Council are asking you to take a trip down memory lane and share your fondest memories of the park with them.

A Council spokesperson said: “We are calling for people to share images and memories of their time at the park using #ThePeoplesPark150 or emailing socialmedia@midandeastantrim.gov.uk to celebrate the anniversary.

The People’s Park in years gone by.

 

“On 9th August 1870, following consultations with the public through the local newspaper, Sir Shafto Adair ,who later became Lord Waveney, employed 50 labourers and they worked for six months to create the park, entirely at his own expense.

“The 45-acre park was officially opened by Sir Robert Alexander Shafto Adair and he gave the newly created park to the people of Ballymena.

“Several trees from the original planting in the 1870s can still be seen today in the central portion of the park.

“By 1930, the town had expanded and reached People’s Park and by the late 30s Ballymena became a borough and the administrating authority for the park became Ballymena Borough Council.

The People’s Park has been a popular destination down through the years.

 

“It was the 1960s when a playground, toilet block, sand pit, paddling pool and concrete ship were made welcome additions to the park and they were all surrounded by planted areas.

“From the mid 90s onwards, Ballymena Borough Council decided to begin a long-term programme of major improvements in the People’s Park which continues to this day. Further details on future investment plans for the park will be released in the coming weeks.”

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, added: “The Park holds a special place in people’s hearts and we know there are plenty of memories and stories to be shared so please get in touch and help us celebrate a fantastic milestone for the wonderful People’s Park.”

 

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