People’s Park awash with colour thanks to new urban beach

Mid and East Antrim’s urban beach in Ballymena is now open to the public

Mid and East Antrim’s urban beach in Ballymena is open to visitors.

No need to sit in those coastal traffic jams when you have the beach right on your doorstep.

The project, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), was officially launched by the Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow on Saturday 6th July.

Hundreds of attendees enjoyed the event that included drumming circle, salsa dancing and an outdoor cinema. Everyone enjoyed the benefits of being outdoors in the fresh air spending time with family and friends.

Ian Price Designs designed the urban beach and Wilsons Construction Services built it in just two weeks – no mean feat with over 200 tonnes of sand, 3 beach huts, an extensive boardwalk and 400m2 of golden sand and lighthouse to install.

Speaking during the event Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Maureen Morrow, said: “I’m really excited to see such a unique event for all the community which has really brought a taste of coastal life to Ballymena.

“With lots of events planned for over the summer, it really will have something for all ages and it’s a great way to entertain the kids for free over the summer.”

So during July and August dust off those flip-flops, grab your favourite beach towel and find your perfect spot on the beach in People’s Park, Ballymena. Build sandcastles in the sunshine and feel the sand between your toes.

The space will also be used to host a number of activities for all the family to enjoy. These include an outdoor cinema, music, entertainment, beach fun, pop-up play, sand sculptures, seashell stories and beach Olympics.

Stay up to date with what’s going on council’s social media channels and share your snaps as well so we can share the fun.

Running alongside the Urban Beach this summer will be an outdoor activity programme just for teens.

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