£3.32 million investment into Portrush recreation grounds after Barry’s Amusements closure

There are big plans for the investment into Portrush recreation grounds, with the spot getting a £3.32m face lift.

There are big plans for the investment into Portrush recreation grounds, with the spot getting a £3.32m face lift.

New, exciting plans have been revealed for Portrush after the seaside town’s sad departure with Barry’s Amusements earlier this month.

The old run-down area of the recreation grounds is set to receive a £3.32m makeover. Mayor Richard Holmes insists that the area will be an “important step forward” in enhancing the town.

How it all began – the council’s investments into Portrush recreation grounds

There is to be a £3.32m investment into Portrush recreation grounds.
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The Department for Communities and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are investing into the project in the hopes to refresh the area.

Both are eager to invest in the project following the closure of Barry’s Amusements, a major attraction in the town.

The Department for Communities is contributing £1.42m towards the project. The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are adding a further £1.9m.

This investment into Portrush recreation grounds is set to give Ramore Avenue an uplift.

Big plans – what should we expect?

The project is set to completely transform the area, with several spots to be developed that will attract many.
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The project is set to completely transform the area, with several spots to be developed that will attract many.

This is hoped to revive Portrush after the closure of Barry’s Amusements, one of Northern Ireland’s most beloved attractions.

The project is set to introduce many exciting new features for the grounds; an events area, bowling green, children’s play area, and a new pavilion for both tourists and locals to enjoy.

Perhaps what is most anticipated is its urban plaza, which will accommodate skateboarding and other urban sports.

As an area that is already popular amongst skaters, this is set to become an ideal spot for those to come together.

The announcement – excitement for the plans

There is great excitement for the Portrush recreation grounds.
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Many are delighted at the scheme’s ambitious plans, and it has created a notable buzz following the announcement of the project.

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey announced the project.

“This funding will see the recreation grounds area transformed to provide new sporting, play and leisure facilities including an urban plaza where the likes of skateboarding can be enjoyed.

“[the recreation grounds will] provide a new space for all to enjoy.”

As The Open, one of Golf’s most popular events, is to return to Portrush in 2025, there is much excitement in preparing the town for the event.

Mayor Richard Holmes insisted, “we are looking forward to seeing the scheme develop in the months ahead.”

We lie in wait – Autumn 2022 for completion

t is hoped that the £3.32m investment for the Portrush recreation grounds will open a space for all, leaving hope in the shadow of Barry’s Amusements.
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The Council are leading the delivery of the project, and are eager to begin construction.

It is hoped that a contractor will be appointed later this month, meaning that the project could be completed as soon as autumn 2022.  

The new recreation grounds plans leave hope in the shadow of Barry’s Amusements, with the £3.32m investment welcoming a space for all.