Carnlough Playpark, Northern Ireland

Carnlough Playpark, Northern Ireland

On behalf of the local community, the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership and MidandEastAntrim Borough Council, we designed a natural play park on a previously unused green space at the edge of Carnlough community grounds.


The overall aim of the project is to create a more engaging type of public green space that offers opportunities for natural play, is visually attractive and enhances habitat for native biodiversity.


So unlike a regular playground, which is essentially play equipment on a safety surface, the play park also includes planting, grass mounds and a diversity of features, such as climbing logs, rocks and stones, the magic door and the boardwalk, that are designed to provoke imaginative play and exercise among the visitors.


The park includes a wheelchair accessible walking route, seating, toddlers play area, insect hotel and edible plants alongside the wooden play wooden equipment.


All elements have been included with the hope that visitors of all ages and abilities will visit the park, use its facilities and enjoy a family day out.


Some of our design aspirations for the playpark are:

 – Up-to-date play space

 – Aesthetically pleasing & functional design

 – Natural play equipment

– Universal accessibility

– Bringing nature back into children lives

– An abundance of native planting

– Aimed at children from 2 – 11 yrs

– Space appeals to adults as well as children

– Fully compliant with safety regulations

– Community Involvement

This is a unique playground, with natural play and nature at the core of the design, along with the principles of universal access and design, all in a beautiful setting on Antrim’s Causeway Coast.


Green Infrastructure, Parks and Public Spaces, Places of Recreation