Ballymena’s new ‘beach’ gets ready for summer season

WORK is underway to install a ‘beach’ – with its very own lighthouse – in the centre of Ballymena.

The People’s Park may be around 15 miles from the sea but an ‘urban beach’ is being installed there this summer.

An impression of what the beach will look like.


The project by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The urban beach is being designed by award winning designer Ian Price, who has devised a space which will accommodate a number of community activities planned for the Ballymena beach this summer.

A Council spokesperson says it will be a flexible area that has plenty of space for “laying out the beach towels, a dedicated sand sculpture section, and a jetty style promenade.”

The spokesperson adds: “The main feature of the urban beach will be a lighthouse, which is something that Ballymena residents will not be used to seeing in the People’s Park.

“The space will also be used to host an outdoor cinema and other public functions throughout the summer.”

Designer of the urban beach, Ian Price, said: “This is very much a first for me as a garden designer.

“I really do relish the opportunity to create something new and different, and this is the first time anyone has asked me to design such a unique space.

“I was honoured to be asked to be involved with this exciting event and my hope is that this is enjoyed by all that visit, and it becomes a talking point far beyond the council area.”

A notice at the People’s Park says the beach will be in place for nine weeks during July and August with installation due to be complete by July 1 and work to remove it is due on September 2.

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