Park opening declared a major success

Pupils from presentation and Hart Memorial Primary Schools pictured in the new People's Park which opens on Friday. Included from left are, Ruby Diffin, Sabrina Baptista, Maia Vennard, Kamile Zadeikety, Charlotte Quinn, Tara Finnegan, Lola Morton and John Paul McAlinden. INPT41-208.
Pupils from presentation and Hart Memorial Primary Schools pictured in the new People's Park which opens on Friday. Included from left are, Ruby Diffin, Sabrina Baptista, Maia Vennard, Kamile Zadeikety, Charlotte Quinn, Tara Finnegan, Lola Morton and John Paul McAlinden. INPT41-208.

Opening weekend at the brand new Portadown People’s Park has been a phenomenal success with throngs of people coming down to try out all aspects of the new shared space, according to the local council.

The park, which was closed for 16 months, has been given a major revamp under the European Union’s Shared Space project, with funding of £5,469,045.

It incorporates a play area, themed gardens, a pond, two grass soccer pitches and a grass multisports pitch catering for soccer, American football, Gaelic games and rugby.

There is also a seven-a-side 3G synthetic pitch and five-a-side multi use games area (MUGA), both of which are floodlit.

The park has also been replanted and there is a new amphitheatre as well as a 62-space car park.

A council spokesperson said, “The car park was packed all weekend while people of all ages took to the park to enjoy everything on offer. Children squealed with delight as they enjoyed sliding, climbing and swinging in the state-of-the-art playground and playing a variety of sports on the new pitches.

“Dog walkers took the scenic route as they strolled around their new surroundings while fitness fanatics ran laps of the park and used the new outdoor gym equipment to complement their work out.”

“The park has been absolutely buzzing since the gates opened to the public last Friday and it has been wonderful to see the whole community coming down and embracing this marvellous new asset to the town,” commented the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

“It really is a park to be proud of and people have been ‘wowed’ by the new look and the wealth of facilities available. It was fantastic to see families, dog walkers and runners all coming down and taking advantage of this multi-million pound park – long may that continue.”

This refurbishment was made possible following Craigavon Borough Council securing £5,469,045 from the Special European Programmes Body.