Not just one, but three parks, linked by the Coastal cycle path to Belfast enables visitors to pick and choose their experience when visiting one or all of these sites. Why not park at Hazelbank and cycle along the off-road cycle path to Jordanstown Loughshore Park for an ice cream, the exciting play park or a picnic on the beach? Or head towards Belfast and do some bird watching at the Whitehouse Lagoon in Gideons Green – a RSPB site popular with wading birds feeding on the mudflats while the tide is out.
Jordanstown Loughshore Park The site boasts a highly commended café, play area, caravan park and toilet facilities. The accessibility and proximity to the water makes this a popular site in the summer months with its permanent chess and badminton table adding to its appeal. The bandstand provides a venue for regular concerts.
Hazelbank Park This site is home to the ‘Coronation Garden’, The concept for the garden is joyous and uplifting in style was to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and The Queen Consort. Reflecting the new King’s love of traditional architecture, craft and gardens, the new garden includes a quirky mechanical installation that will perform each 15 minutes to delight visitors. Find out more information here.
A new Sensory garden will open on the site in September; this new park makes full use of the existing mature woodland creating an immersive sensory experience.
Gideon’s Green The smallest site in the area, this site lies on the south, eastern boundary of the borough. The site is popular for bird watching due to the Whitehouse lagoon – a mecca for wildfowl and migrating species.