THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Comprising of 1000’s of acres of green and open spaces throughout the Borough, Craigavon Borough Council’s Parks are a hive of activity 365 days per year from dawn until dusk. From secret gardens to mazes, from animal farms, to play parks, there is sure to be something to suit the whole family. Each of our parks are unique in their own right, all containing play areas for young children and vast areas of open space for those who are young at heart.
- Edenvilla Park
Dating back to the mid 60’s Eden villa Park is a small area of green space on the outskirts of Portadown surrounded on three sides by residential area, thus providing a quiet, relaxing setting for all visitors. There are various well maintained paths, some dotted with wooden sculptures of characters from the well known story of Alice in Wonderland. With plenty of picnic benches, a children’s play park and ample on site parking Edenvilla can be enjoyed by the whole family. Or enjoy a game of hockey or tennis on our excellent facilities. The recently opened Secret Garden is a firm favourite with young children. Hidden behind the stone wall, the secret garden is a well manicured garden which houses herbs, Japanese plants, tropical plants and small birds in the glasshouse, fish pond with Koi fish and a children’s play area. The secret is yours to discover!
- Bann Boulevard
The Boulevard is a linear walk along the River Bann which joins up with the Ulster Way on the south side of Portadown. Approximately three miles in length, take the walk, cycle or jog along the Bann to Knock Bridge, visitors will pass a number of attractions such as Point of Whitecoat, where River Bann, River Cusher and Newry Canal all meet and Moneypenny’s Lockhouse which is the first lock on the Newry Canal and home to a small museum and exhibition in the stables and bothy. Also look out for wildlife along the river banks such as grey heron, mute swans and kingfishers; this is a popular site for angling.
- Portadown Peoples Park
Craigavon Borough Council has secured £5,469,045 for the Shared Process and Community Engagement Project (SPACE) from the Special European Programmes Body (SEUPB) Peace III Priority 2 Contributing to a Shared Society Theme 1 Creating Shared Public Services to refurbish Portadown Peoples Park and Tunnel Area. For more info click here
- Closed for refurbishment
- Brownstown Park
Brownstown Park is situated in the west of Portadown. It has many features including a play area, multi-use games area, 3 tennis courts, an athletics track, 2 football pitches and sports pavilion. Also with in the grounds is a community centre. With in the park are several picnic areas and seating areas for walkers who use it regularly.
- Open : 7.00am – 6pm
- Craigavon City Park
Is an extensive parkland taking in the environs of the North and South Lakes. The natural beauty of Craigavon Lakes has a fascinating wildlife and the area around the North Lake has recently been designated as a Local Nature Reserve. The City Park is an ideal location for walking, fishing and cycling. For the more energetic among you, a trim trail has been provided to further enhance the fantastic walking and cycling paths around the lakes that coincide with parts of the National Cycle Network and the Lough Shore cycling trail. A purpose built family Mountain Bike Trail weaves for 10.6km around the lakes and the wooded areas that surround them. The trail starts and finishes at the Watersports Centrewhere there is ample parking, bike hire, café and toilets.
- Tannaghmore Gardens
One of the major attractions of the City Park is Tannaghmore Gardens, centred on ‘Fairview House’, a listed Georgian Farmhouse dating from the late 18th Century. The gardens are a popular venue for outings and family visits. The animal farm offers close encounters with many animals traditionally found on farms in Ulster 100 years ago. Many of these breeds are now rare and close to extinction; they include Irish Moiled Cattle, Dexter Cattle, Galway Sheep, Saddleback Pigs and a wide range of Poultry. Guided farm tours are a speciality. Within the gardens there are 17 different styles of traditional gates, named after local townlands. A stroll around the gardens will reveal interesting tree sculptures and it is possible to follow a tree trail of both native and exotic trees. A country styled play area has been constructed using wooden play equipment suitable for young children, with the aerial slide proving popular for older children.
There are picnic areas and BBQ facilities along with two indoor halls that can be booked for parties and other events. The grounds also contain two football pitches and a cricket square. A recent development has seen the construction of a large maze from gabion baskets and evergreen trees and at its centre is interpretive material telling the story of Master McGrath, the famous greyhound.
- Open : 10am – 9pm
- Lurgan Park
Northern Ireland’s largest and most beautiful urban park, Lurgan Park is the second biggest Park in Ireland, the biggest being Phoenix Park in Dublin. Located around an expansive man made lake, it has 5 km of pathways through mature woodland and open grassland. The Park was once part of the Brownlow estate and is still overlooked by Brownlow Castle today.
The Park recently went through a major refurbishment project supported by Heritage Lotttery Fund to a total of £1.4 million. The Park is over 250 acres in size and boosts many paths for walking, a super play area and large green spaces. The Park can be found tucked in behind the market town of Lurgan and can be described as a ‘hidden gem’. The Park lake has been stocked with Roach, Breem and Tench and there are 20 newly constructed fishing stands allowing the visiting angler excellent access to this beautiful resource As well as a pleasant place to walk, Lurgan Park has much to offer the visitor, a super play park, including water feature, tennis courts, bowling green, cricket wicket and football pitches. Mobility scooters can be borrowed free of charge (pre booking is essential) for those less able to access the Park. The lake offers an excellent setting for a spot of course angling or you can see the Park from a different view by hiring a rowing boat at weekends during the summer months.
The majestic Coalbrookdale Fountain takes pride of place at the top of the main avenue in the park and is always a focal point for young and old. Made of cast iron this fountain is one of the remaining four of its type left in the world. The Park was one of the first Councils in Northern Ireland to gain the prestigious ‘Green Flag Award’, awarded to Parks providing a safe, secure setting that caters for the local community.
- Open : 7.00am – 6pm
- Lord Lurgan Memorial Park
A hidden gem in the heart of a residential setting that is how Lord Lurgan Memorial Park has been described. The land was originally owned by the Brownlow family but was given over to the townfolk of Lurgan in 1908. The Park still retains its picturesque beech lined avenue and is a hive of sporting activity all year round. A newly installed modern art work – in the form of a Park bench allows visitors fantastic views of the whole town. You can see all the main landmarks of Lurgan from the elevated vantage point – the two main churches, the Model School, the railway, Brownlow House and Johnston’s linen factory.
- Open : 7.00am – 6pm
- Coney Island
The island is found of the shores of Lough Neagh and has a rich history spanning many centuries, with evidence of human occupation dating back to Mesolithic times 8000 years BC. Considered to be one of the most westerly outposts of the Normans during their occupation of Ireland from the 12th Century. There are many interesting things to see and experience on the island, natural and historic, including Saint Patrick’s Stone, Coney Cottage, O’Neill’s Tower, and the Anglo/Norman Motte. Historical tours/woodland walks; nature walks are available on request. A short boat ride from Maghery (For boat operation times & special events phone Kinnego Marina).
- Maghery Country Park
Maghery Country Park is located five miles from the M1 Motorway, this Park provides an oasis of calm in the village of Maghery. Situated on the shores of Lough Neagh, the Park covers an area of 30 acres comprising 5km of woodland walks and picnic areas in natural surroundings. The Park is excellent for birdwatching, fishing and walking. Coney Island lies 1km offshore from Maghery Country Park and is the only remaining inhabited island on Lough Neagh. It has a rich history reaching back to the time of St. Patrick and is considered to be one of the most Westerly outposts of the Normans after their arrival in Ulster. There are foot paths around the shore of the island with lots of interesting things to see.
- Open : 7.00am – 6pm