Work on multi-million-pounds road link in Ballymena’s Ecos Park area is expected to last for months and will have a knock-on effect on Ballymena Showgrounds

It is believed the events will be held at the car park at the Showgrounds. Picture: Google Maps.

WORK on a new multi-million pounds road through the Ballymena Showgrounds complex and into the former St Patrick’s Barracks site as part of a major regeneration project is expected to last at least nine to twelve months and could start in July next year.

The details are contained in minutes of discussions by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

The planned route of the new road.


Increased traffic is expected on the Warden Street side of the Showgrounds for events like football matches during the work phase.

That’s because the new road will go across a gravel area beside the Ecos Park which is currently used for parking by home supporters at Ballymena United matches.

The planned route to be taken by the new road.


The Council minutes showed the Council will be liasing with the football club.

The Council, which owns the Showgrounds, is also looking at the potential of having the main entrance to the Showgrounds at the Ecos end once the road is finalised.

The new road will join up with this section of road at the cinema.


The road will create a link from the Ecos roundabout on Broughshane Road to the Larne Road Link beside the cinema.

There are plans to develop St Patrick’s Barracks as a major venue featuring civic space, a leisure centre and workplaces.

Planning permission was given for the schemes earlier this year.

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  • What will be the impact (if any) on the Ecos Parkrun – both access to the main centre and use of the paths around Ecos for the 5k route

  • This road will have a serious impact on the wild life and usage of the park I see that the road will be dangerously close to the river, effectively closing the cycle path that runs along it, there is a serious flooding issue here which now effectively will run the overflow water directly across my own cultivated land rendering it useless, at no time was I consulted about this ,stunned !!!

    • The name ‘Ecos Park’ is no longer apt. What was a great place to walk and watch wild life has been deteriorating over the past two years. Litter has increased; dog bins are seldom emptied; some of the paths need raising and resurfacing; and traffic has increased up making walking along Kernohan’s Lane a risky business – it is all but impossible to cross the Broughshane Rd to the park at time. Motorists drive much too fast. And then there’s the trees – the Chief Executive of the Council tells me that a small number of trees have been felled but new trees will be planted over time – a small number? Go and have a look. Ballymena council has all but abandoned this once lovely place. Ecos Park? The link road park might be more apt.