This July, in celebration of Love Parks Week, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a range of free activities for all the family to enjoy in some of its local picturesque parks and green spaces.
The annual UK wide Love Parks Week campaign, runs from 22nd to 26th July 2019 and offers plenty of entertainment across the parks to keep the whole family entertained.
Kicking off the fun on Monday 22 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get their hands dirty and learn about bugs, butterflies and creepy crawlies during Little Green Fingers at Lurgan Park from 10am to 12noon. In the afternoon, children of all ages can let their imagination run wild with the Den Building session at Lurgan Park from 2pm to 4pm.
On Tuesday 23 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get the chance to go pond dipping and take part in a bug hunt and nature walk during the Mini Park Rangers Club in Portadown People’s Park from 10am to 12noon, or take part in more Den Building in the park that afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.
On Wednesday 24 July, children aged 4 to 8 years can get a taste of the great outdoors and learn adventurous new skills at Bushcraft taking place at Edenvilla from 10am to 12noon and Tannaghmore Gardens from 2pm to 4pm.
For those that missed the Little Green Fingers earlier in the week, you can catch a session on Thursday 25 July at Edenvilla Park from 10am to 12noon. Also on Thursday, children aged 4 to 8 can enjoy some traditional playground games including skipping, hopscotch, hoopla and beanbag races at Tannaghmore Gardens from 2pm to 4pm.
Rounding off the week, children aged 6 to 12 years can enjoy a multi sports session delivered by Everybody Active coaches at Tannaghmore Gardens from 10am to 12noon and Lord Lurgan Park from 2pm to 4pm.
As places are limited booking is essential. For more information or to book a place please call 07766 740427.
Little adventurers can get back to nature this August and enjoy some fun-filled outdoor activities at Portadown People’s Park ‘Park Explorer Club’!
The week long club, which will take place from Monday 19th August to Friday 23rd August from 10am-12noon, is the perfect opportunity for 6-11 year old’s to discover the natural wonders of the park through a range fun outdoor play activities, environmental arts and crafts and exciting games!
Activities will include pond dipping, bird watching, identifying butterflies, mini beasts search and scavenger hunts! It’s the perfect chance to enjoy the great outdoors, meet new friends and explore all elements of this fantastic green space!
Cost is just £15 per child for the week. Children should wear old clothing, some sturdy footwear and bring a snack and a drink. Places are limited so book your place early!
To register your child’s place click HERE or for further information call 028 3831 2597.
A time capsule filled with exciting mementos from local school children has been buried in celebration of the iconic £35m South Lake Leisure Center build in Craigavon.
Pupils from neighboring primary schools (St Mary’s PS, St Theresa’s PS and Tannaghmore PS) placed dozens of fun, quirky and interesting items into a time-capsule buried by the former Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty.
With a games console controller, mobile phone, fidget spinner and letter from the Lord Mayor all included, the 2019 time capsule will provide a fascinating snapshot of 21st century life in Craigavon when it is unearthed by future generations!
Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction firms, is spearheading the construction of the cutting-edge new £35 million leisure center in Craigavon on behalf of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
The innovative build is advancing fast and is on course for completion in 2020. Once complete, the new leisure center will be home to a world class 1,000m2 gym – understood to be the largest available anywhere on the island of Ireland – as well as an extensive indoor water provision, outdoor water-sports, traditional best-in-class fitness facilities and fluid open spaces including cafes and studios which have been designed to meet community and visitor needs.
Speaking at the event, former Lord Mayor Julie Flaherty commented: “This really is history in the making and I’m delighted our wonderful school children have been involved in filling this exciting time capsule. I can’t help but think forward in time to the lucky people who will eventually dig it up and get a glimpse of their community in 2019!”
She adds: “Once fully complete next year, this innovative new facility will be enjoyed by existing and future generations for decades to come. Recreation brings people together from all generations and walks of life and I am certain that once completed, this landmark health and leisure facility will serve a growing community that will be encouraged to improve their health and well being, to participate in an activity at whatever level they choose, and, above all, have fun!”
Calling all Colour Dash participants!!
The countdown is on to the ever popular Colour Dash in Lurgan Park on Sunday 12th May. Race packs will be available for you to pick up from Lurgan Park Tennis Pavilion (located next to the tennis courts in Lurgan Park) on:
- Wednesday 8th May – 9am to 9pm
- Thursday 9th May – 9am to 9pm
- Friday 10th May – 9am to 9pm
- Saturday 11th May – 9am to 6pm
Your race pack will contain a white t-shirt which you MUST wear at the event. You will not be allowed to start the run without it.
Also included in your event pack will be eyewear to protect your eyes and a scarf you can wear over your mouth and nose. Please ensure you bring them with you and wear them during the event.
And remember – bring valid ID and your confirmation email with you when picking up your race pack!
- Parking available at Waves Leisure Complex and Windsor Avenue.
- Please note, all tickets are now SOLD OUT and there will be no registration on the day available.
- For more information on the event visit Heart & Sole Colour Dash 2019 event page.
Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed new play park at Rectory Park Play Area.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Regenerate, 1B Ardress Park on Tuesday 16th April 2019 to discuss the equipment, layout and design.
At the meeting residents will be given the chance to have their questions answered about the proposed play area and learn how council aims to implement the good practice design principles outlined within its play strategy, enhancing play value at existing sites and ensuring the future new development delivers a quality play experience for everyone.
For more information, contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.
The Mae Murray Foundation and PlayBoard NI are surveying parents and carers on play opportunities for children with disabilities. We are particularly interested in hearing views on fixed play areas i.e. play areas which have play equipment installed. The information gathered through the survey will be used as the basis for a new guidance document which will aim to influence the design and development of more inclusive play areas that meet the needs of all children.
We encourage parents and carers to complete the survey as we are keen to hear about the experiences of as many children as possible. The more people that take part, the bigger the impact we can make.
To complete the survey go to www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MMFPBParentsCarers before 30 April.
Easter Clubs will be taking place at:
Tandragee Recreation Centre – Tuesday 16th April – Friday 19th April & Wednesday 24th April to Friday 26th April.
Richhill Recreation Centre – Monday 15th – Friday 19th April & Wednesday 24th April – Friday 26th April.
Keady Recreation Centre – Friday 19th & Wednesday 24th – Friday 26th April.
The clubs are suitable for children and young people aged between 4 to 14 years old, they are supervised by qualified staff and will be packed full of fun with a programme of sports, games, arts and crafts and much more.
Early bird, half day and full day sessions are available at affordable prices. Parents interested in their child attending are advised to contact their nearest Centre as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
For more information on how to book visit https://bit.ly/2FHN9xo
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council today have unveiled designs following the recent announcement that Gosford Forest Park is to benefit from an £850,000 investment to create a unique outdoor play adventure experience.
Gosford Forest Park is located outside Markethill in County Armagh. The 240-hectare estate features miles of paths and trails around the beautiful woodland and open park spaces.
Local people and families are encouraged to engage in a public consultation specially arranged to gain your views on the initial designs and will take place on Sunday 31st March at Gosford Forest Park, from 12noon to 5pm. Come along, meet the design team and have your say on their proposals – the design team will present detailed plans at 12noon and 3pm.
The Adventure Play Trail is being designed by award-winning landscape architects Davies White who have expertise in playful landscapes and innovative design. Since winning their first RHS Gold Medal and BBC People’s Choice Award the company have gone on to win over 15 national awards for innovative play space projects, including Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games Legacy Play Park.
The designs for Gosford Forest Park will showcase 5 iconic play structures linked by a 2km woodland play trail. The new outdoor adventure play experience will not only satisfy the growing demand for more child-orientated experiences in the Northern Ireland tourism market, it will establish Gosford Forest Park on a scale that is unprecedented amongst all other forest parks across the UK and Ireland, offering maximum play value, inclusivity and challenge for children of multiple age ranges.
If you are unable to make the public consultation session you can still provide us with your thoughts and views on the designs through our online consultation hub from Monday 1st April at www.getactiveabc.com/adventureplaytrail
Designs plans will remain online and display in the Function Hall at Gosford Forest Park for visitors to view and provide feedback until 28 April 2019.
As part of the council’s Capital Play Development Programme, the play park in Lurgan Park has been designated for refurbishment, with an investment of £250,000.
Before this refurbishment takes place, Council would like to hear resident’s views on where the new play park should be located. There are two options available, the existing site or a new site located close to the entrance of Waves Leisure Complex, Robert Street.
Please give us your views by completing our survey; this one will be online from 25/3/19 to 8/4/19:
Residents are invited to come along and have their say on a proposed play park in Avenue Road.
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council is hosting a public meeting at Avenue Road Community Centre on Wednesday 27th February at 7.00pm to discuss the equipment, layout and design.
At the meeting residents will be given the chance to have their questions answered about the proposed play area and learn how council aims to implement the good practise design principles outlined within its play strategy, enhancing play value at existing sites and ensuring the future new development delivers a quality play experience for everyone.
For more information, contact the play development officer on 0300 0300 900.