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 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
  • High Street
  • Springvale Road
  • Well Road (Windy Ridge)
  • Ballyholme Play Area, Ballyholme Road
  • Bangor Aurora
  • Bangor Sportsplex
  • Banks Lane Play Area, Groomsport Road
  • Bloomfield Walk
  • Brice Park Play Area, Donaghadee Road
  • Clandeboye Play Area
  • Clandeboye, Multi Use Games Area
  • Fort Park
  • Kilcooley Community Play Area, Owenroe Drive
  • Kilcooley Square Play Area, Drumhirk Road
  • Kingsland Play Area, Seacliff Road
  • Pickie Play Area 
  • Rathgill Play Area
  • Skipperstone Glen
  • Skipperstone Road Play Area
  • Ward Park Play Area, Hamilton Road
  • Carrowdore
  • Main Road
  • Ballydrain
  • Cherryvalley Drive/Upper Crescent
  • Lower Crescent
  • Muckers Field, Skate Park
  • Conlig Play Area, Tower Park
  • Breezemount Grove, Green Road
  • Craigantlet Play Area
  • Coothall Road Play Area
  • Beechfield
  • Hunts Park
  • Lemons Wharf
  • Northfield
  • Pinks Green
  • The Commons
  • Islandview
  • North Street
  • Seafront
  • Springwell
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
  • Killinchy COmmunity Centre, Pump Track
  • The Green
  • Parsonage Road
  • Parsonage Road, Multi Use Games Area
  • Rubane
  • Lisbane Open Space
  • Beach Park, Ballywalter Road
  • Beach Park, Ballywalter Road, Multi Use Games Area
  • Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex
  • Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex, Skate Park

  • Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex, Pump Track

  • Abbot Gardens
  • Abbot Gardens, Multi Use Games Area
  • Cottown
  • Glen Estate
  • Glenford Park
  • Londonderry Park
  • Londonderry Park, Multi Use Games Area
  • West Winds
  • West Winds, Multi Use Games Area
  • Scrabo Estate
  • Ballycranbeg
  • Castle Park
  • Cloughey Road
  • Steel Dickson Gardens
  • Tullymalley
  • Anchor Car Park
  • Portavogie Community Centre, Harbour Road
  • Harbour Road, Multi Use Games Area
  • Harbour Road, Skate Park
  • Lawson Park

Play parks, pitches and playing fields