‘Taster event’ to help bring Ballymena’s first ever ‘beach’ to life

Work is under way on the 'beach' area in Ballymena.

A ‘Taster Event’ is being held to help bring Ballymena’s first ever ‘beach’ to life.

The ‘urban beach’ at the People’s Park is set to open in July.

Construction work is underway and now local people can play their part.

A poster at the site says an ‘Urban Beach Taster Event’ will be held on Tuesday June 25 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.

The poster states: ‘Come along, join Wilson’s Construction Services Team, and get involved with the big build of the Urban Beach in People’s Park, Ballymena.

‘Suitable for children over the age of eight, please wear old clothing/footwear as you may get dirty or be involved in painting projects.

‘This is an outdoor activity so bring coats/waterproof clothing.

‘Parents/guardians must supervise children during this activity.

‘To register your interest please advise reception/ranger staff in the Park Pavilion or telephone 028256433342.

‘For further information on Peace IV Urban Beach email: yourplaceourspace@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

An artist’s impression of the beach.

 

The urban beach 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 said 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 added: “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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