New MUGA and walking path now under construction at Dervock’s Riverside Park

New MUGA and walking path now under construction at Dervock’s Riverside Park

Wed, May 22, 2024

Work is now underway on the construction a new multi-use games area (MUGA) and walking path at Riverside Park in Dervock.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will deliver the much sought-after project as part of the Covid Recovery Small Settlements Regeneration Programme, which aims to address long-standing issues such as rural poverty, isolation and access to services in small settlements with a population of less than 5,000 people.

The project will provide the opportunity for outdoor games and recreation to be enjoyed on an artificial surface, available for use by all regardless of the weather conditions. The facility will also have floodlights, making it available for use during the dark evenings during winter.

Additionally, work will be carried out to construct a new walking path with wildflower meadow in the vicinity of the riverbank for the community to enjoy regular exercise, which will contribute to the future health and wellbeing of the local community.

The aspiration of the local community is for a functional outdoor space for recreation and a variety of sports to be enjoyed by all ages regardless of ability and will represent a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of residents.  

The work is expected to last 12 - 16 weeks.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Stephen Callaghan said: “This exciting new development will be a major boost for the community in Dervock and will provide much needed all-weather outdoor recreation space.

“I am very grateful to the Department of Agriculture Environment & Rural Affairs, the Department for Communities and to the Department for Infrastructure for this funding and of course, to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for its operational assistance.”

Under this funding Programme, projects have also been delivered in the settlements of Armoy, Cushendall, Garvagh, Mosside, Greysteel, Kilrea and Rasharkin and more projects are currently underway in Bushmills, Dernaflaw, Drumsurn and Gortnaghey to create new and enhanced facilities. All projects will be delivered by the end of March 2025.