Ward Park Environmental Improvement Scheme
Ward Park is a 37-acre urban park in the City of Bangor. Originally the site of a brickworks, it was designed by Cheal’s Nurseries in 1909 and gifted to the people of Bangor by the Ward family. The Park is owned and managed by Ards and North Down Borough Council. It provides a key ‘green lung’ in what is otherwise a built-up urban environment, the park being surrounded by residential properties, a hospital, schools, a college, a public library and sports facilities and enclosed on three sides by roads.
One of the Park’s main attractions is that it is well-wooded with different varieties of mature, semi-mature and young trees including popular large willows. It is accessible to all ages and widely used by children going to and from school, by dog walkers, by families attending the play park and feeding the ducks, by residents and visitors enjoying free summer events, by sports groups including Park Run and NDCC and by many who simply want to enjoy some fresh air in beautiful surroundings.
£5.5M Environmental Improvement Scheme
Ward Park is one of our Borough’s most attractive assets, popular with residents and visitors of all ages. The Environmental Improvement Scheme aspires to largely retain the traditional landscape and recreational benefits of the park, while sympathetically creating a modern park environment that will enhance biodiversity and help safeguard the park for future generations.
The scheme aims to:
• Improve the current pond structure.
• Provide a modern approach to the management of wildfowl and waterfowl.
• Retain historical features, while improving the built environment/ infrastructure.
• Create educational and play opportunities.
• Promote biodiversity.
• Help safeguard the Park for future generations.
The scheme also aims to resolve the problem of silt build-up in the ponds and to mitigate against this recurring. Desilting (or dredging) of the ponds is the first phase of work for the scheme.
Works will commence during the week commencing 13 November 2023 and it is anticipated that these works will be completed before Christmas. Our contractor will make every effort to minimise disruption for residents and park users during the works.
Following the completion of the desilting works, we look forward to progressing the other elements of the Environmental Improvement Scheme. It is currently anticipated that this will begin in the winter of 2024/5. We will provide updates through this page and through our usual media channels. There will also be several information sessions in advance of the works, where you will have the opportunity to engage with the Council team delivering the project and put your ideas for the park improvements to the team.
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