Peace Park re-opens after refurbishment

The play park beside the Antrim Forum which is closed for renovations. INAT31-401AC

The play park beside the Antrim Forum which is closed for renovations. INAT31-401AC

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The Peace Park at Antrim Forum re-opened this week after being closed for a period of refurbishment.

The park has been resurfaced, new equipment added including a nest swing and climbing frame and some of the existing equipment has been revamped, bringing new life to the popular park.

But as the Times reported last week, many local parents were angry over the decision to close the park during the summer holidays.

One parent told the Times: “Of all the weeks for them to close this play park they choose this one.

“The weather has been fantastic and we took our family down but couldn’t believe it when we arrived and it was closed for maintenance.”

However, Mayor of Antrim, Councillor Brian Graham explained the council was waiting for a spell of good weather as this was needed to allow some of the work to take place at the Peace Park.

“We now have an even better facility for our children to enjoy,” Cllr. Graham said.

He added: “The play parks have always been a valuable asset to our borough, providing safe and modern facilities where children and families can socialise and have fun.

“We are delighted to be able to provide these exciting features, which are designed to be used by children of all ages.”

Cllr. Graham added that thanks to funding from GROW South Antrim, Wallace Park at Templepatrick is currently undergoing a complete redevelopment of the play equipment and facilities including the introduction of a new junior grass football pitch and a multi-sport games area suitable for 5-a-side football, basketball and tennis.

“The development of our play parks supports the Council’s commitment to the continued development of sport and physical activity throughout the Borough and our aim of making more people, more active, more often,” Cllr. Graham added.

For further details on council owned play parks, including opening hours and locations, contact a member of the Active Antrim Team at Antrim Council on 028 9446 3113.

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