Closure of Council facilities and venues

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Closure of Council facilities and venues

Last updated Friday 3rd April 2020

In response to Government direction, the following Council's facilities are now closed:

All Council sports pitches.
All Council burial grounds.
All Council owned public toilets.
All Council operated Bowling Greens; Brook St Coleraine, Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Kilrea, Dungiven.
All Council operated tennis courts; Ballycastle, Coleraine, Castlerock, Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae.
All Council play-parks.
All outdoor gyms; various locations.
Mini Golf course, Ballycastle.
Council golf courses; Ballyreagh and Benone.
Megaw Park, Ballymoney.
Cushendall Holiday Park
Cushendun Holiday Park
Drumaheglis Holiday Park and Marina,
Carrick Dhu Holiday Park
Juniper Hill Holiday Park
Benone Holiday and Leisure Park

Large open recreational spaces (Riverside Park, Ballymoney & Quay Road, Ballycastle) remain open at this time to facilitate public access routes but the public is strongly urged to adhere to Government advice in respect of social distancing to help save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19.

In accordance with the decision taken by DAERA regarding the closure of all forest car parks, the trail head car park at Garvagh Forest is closed with effect from 25th March 2020. 

Dungiven Castle Park and the Croaghan Way (which forms part of the Moyle Way/Ulster Way) are also closed.

There will be no vehicle access to Downhill, Benone and Castlerock beaches with effect from Saturday 4th April 2020.

This follows a number of reports about cars getting stuck in the sand, leading to avoidable call-outs for the emergency services.

Pedestrian access will still be available for local residents/pedestrians who use the beaches for daily exercise or to walk their dogs.

At its Special Council Meeting held on Wednesday 18th March 2020 Council agreed a number of venue and facilities closures.

Public access to all civic buildings will cease from 9am on Monday 23rd March 2020. 

The following facilties are closed with immediate effect: 

• Tourist Information Centres

• Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

• Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centres

• Town Halls

• Coleraine Leisure Centre

• Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre

• Roe Valley Leisure Centre

• Dungiven Sports Centre

• Sheskburn Recreation Centre, Ballycastle

• Jim Watt Centre, Garvagh

Please note that all memberships for our Leisure Centres will be suspended and no further payments will be taken from Thursday 19th March 2020.

Further details around payments for courses and cash membership will be available shortly. 

Community centres will close on a case by case basis.


Museums Services 

All Council's Museum buildings have been closed.

Museum Services remain committed to helping people access local history and will now focus on its online resources to support those who are self isolating or caring for others.

There’s a wealth of material to explore on our website, where you will find collection archives, oral history archives, publications, exhibitions and activities for children.

Follow us on Facebook for our latest posts @colerainemuseum, @ballycastlemuseumcms, @BallymoneyMuseum and @limavadymuseum.

Use our Mountsandel website for Key Stage 2 activities and learning

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