Ards and North Down Borough Council has recently agreed a Play Strategy for the Borough. Outdoor Recreation NI (ORNI) was commissioned to develop a Play Strategy for the period 2021-2032.  A new Borough wide Play Strategy sets out recommendations for the next 11 years and a detailed Action Plan outlining the priorities for the next 5 years which will be subject to a review at the end of this period. 

The Play Strategy Document (PDF) can be downloaded from the list at the bottom of this page.

Parks and Playparks during the Covid19 Pandemic

Our parks and playparks currently remain open to allow people to take daily exercise locally. Please be responsible if enjoying our beautiful parks and open spaces:

  • Keep your distance from others
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • If bins are full, take your litter home and recycle it appropriately
  • Be considerate of others and #ShareTheSpace
  • Keep dogs under control

Following Northern Ireland Executive guidance, all 68 play parks across the Borough reopened 10 July 2020 on a pre-covid basis with a focus on user self-regulation. That means parents and guardians are required to take responsibility for social distancing and appropriate supervision. Reopening has been subject to risk assessments carried out in accordance with the HSE NI recommendations

Our play parks are in:

Area Location
  • Ballygowan Village Hall
  • Dickson Park
  • Main Street
  • Springvale Road
  • Well Road
  • Ballyholme Play Area, Ballyholme Road
  • Bangor Aurora
  • Bangor Sportsplex
  • Banks Lane Play Area, Groomsport Road
  • Bloomfield Play Area
  • Bloomfield Walk
  • Brice Park Play Area, Donaghadee Road
  • Clandeboye Play Area
  • Kilcooley Community Play Area, Owenroe Drive
  • Kilcooley Square Play Area, Drumhirk Road
  • Kingsland Play Area, Seacliff Road
  • Pickie Play Area (currently closed as located within Pickie Fun Park)
  • Rathgill Play Area
  • Skipperstone Glen
  • Skipperstone Road Play Area
  • Ward Park Play Area, Hamilton Road
  • Carrowdore
  • Main Road
  • Ballydrain
  • Cherryvalley Drive
  • Lower Crescent
  • Conlig Play Area
  • Tower Park
  • Craigantlet Play Area
  • Coothall Road Play Area
  • Beechfield
  • Hunts Park
  • Lemons Wharf
  • Northfield
  • Pinks Green
  • The Commons
  • Islandview
  • North Street
Helen's Bay
  • Helen's Bay Play Area, Craigdarragh Road
  • Johnny the Jig Play Area, High Street
  • Seapark Play Area
  • Ballymenoch Park Play Area, Bangor Road
  • Redburn Play Area, Adjacent to Redburn Community Centre
  • Killinchy Community Centre
  • Gransha Road
  • Parsonage Road
  • Lisbarnet Open Space
  • Beach Park
  • Abbots Estate
  • Cottown
  • Dairyhall
  • Glen Estate
  • Glenford Park
  • Londonderry Park
  • West Winds
  • Ballycranbeg
  • Castle Park
  • Cloughy Road
  • Steel Dickson Gardens
  • Tullymalley
  • Anchor Car Park
  • Portavogie Community Centre
  • Lawson Park

Play parks, pitches and playing fields