Floodgates Park, Newtownards

Our vision for Floodgates Park, Portaferry Road, Newtownards is to create a new public park for Newtownards focusing on the environment and health and wellbeing.

The Council has appointed AECOM as a multi-disciplinary design team to prepare a concept plan for environmental improvements at this location.

Current Situation

Floodgates Park is owned by Ards and North Down Borough Council. At present, the land is currently unmanaged and consists of two watercourses and scrub vegetation including gorse and self-seeded willow trees. There is a World War II pillbox abutting the floodwall that would benefit from some remedial works to make a feature of this monument.

Proposals for a new football stadium and car park are being progressed by Ards Football Club as a separate project and application.

There are also interdependencies with the proposed greenways network. The proposed car park will also be available for use by all users of the greenway, overflow from Londonderry Park and the proposed Floodgates Park.

Given the proximity to Strangford Lough and the fact that the site has rewilded itself over the years, the concept proposals include only minimal interventions and formalising the existing desire line paths within the site. Most of the existing vegetation will be retained and additional planting proposed. A full list of the potential projects is detailed below.

Consultation Event

The Council is hosting a public consultation drop-in event at:

  • Londonderry Park, Newtownards on Tuesday 7 March from 4pm to 8pm

The project team will be available to present the concept proposals and take relevant questions. This is your opportunity to tell us what elements you would like to see included / not included in the proposed park, so please come along and have your say.

An Online survey is open from Monday 27 February to 13 March 2023. Please take a few minutes to consider the concept proposals and share your feedback with us.

Floodgates Park, Newtownards, Public Survey - Ards and North Down Borough Council - Citizen Space

plan of proposed floodgates park newtownards

Summary of Potential Projects at Floodgates Park

  1. Street Furniture: benches along floodwall, and bins to be replaced
  2. World War II pillbox railing: existing fence to be removed and proposed fence to be installed on the boundary of the green space around the pillbox
  3. Proposed entrances: Portaferry Road/entrance to Floodgates trail/access to Cloud 9 cafe/access to carpark 
  4. Picnic benches: proposed new picnic benches throughout the park
  5. Interpretative signage: detailing history at pillbox and views at lookout point
  6. Timber boardwalk: allowing users to cross the watercourse
  7. Proposed pathways: quarry dust pathways following existing desire lines
  8. Natural play amenity spaces: amenity spaces in existing gorse-cleared areas, with natural play dens/timber steps etc. 
  9. Natural fitness amenity spaces: amenity spaces in existing gorse-cleared areas, with natural fitness beams
  10. Event space: a larger area for events/gatherings on existing levelled space
  11. Tiered seating: seating space on sloped embankment
  12.  Football stadium: being progressed by Ards Football Club as a separate application 
  13. Linkway to car park: proposed pedestrian link from football stadium to car park
  14. Car park: being progressed by Ards Football Club as a separate application 
  15. Lookout point and steps to greenway: existing raised mound used as a lookout to the surrounding landscape. Proposed steps to greenway