Recreation Facilities CCGBC Update
Last updated 15th July 2020
Play parks across the Council area will commence reopening on Friday 10th July in line with guidance issued by the NI Executive.
Public Toilets will reopen in a phased approach from Saturday 13th June 2020.
The initial phase will see amenities reopen at the following beaches and coastal locations from 11am – 7pm:
East Strand, Portrush
West Strand, Portrush
Kerr Street, Portrush
Atlantic Circle Portstewart
Ballycastle (Automatic PC’s and toilets adjacent to tennis courts)
Mill Street, Cushendall
Benone Beach (The Ark)
Public toilets in the following locations will reopen from Saturday 27th June 2020 from 9am- 5pm:
Park Street, Coleraine.
Strand Road, Coleraine.
Townhead Street, Ballymoney.
Catherine Street and town centre, Limavady.
Extra safety measures will be in place and staff will be on site regularly to maintain high standards of hygiene.
Toilets will be closed periodically for cleaning purposes and social distancing must be adhered to at all times.
Users should ensure that they practice good hand hygiene, and signage will be place to emphasis the importance of continuing to follow all safety guidelines.
Please show respect for our facilities and for the staff members who are there to keep you safe.
Indoor Gym facilities update
Members of the public should be advised that Council’s six indoor gym facilities will remain CLOSED at this time.
Council is currently considering direction from the NI Executive and associated leisure industry guidance relating to the practical measures which are required to allow safe re-opening.
A re-opening date has not yet been agreed for Council's gym facilities and staff continue to work in the background to ensure that when permission is given by Council, facilities can open at the earliest opportunity. The gyms are located in; Dungiven Sports Centre, Jim Watt Sports centre, Sheskburn recreation Centre, Coleraine Leisure centre, Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre and Roe Valley Leisure Centre.
Harbours & Marinas update
All Harbours in Causeway Coast and Glens are now open.
This includes visiting vessel berths at Ballycastle, Coleraine Marina, Portrush Harbour and Rathlin Island.
Overnight stays on board will be permitted.
All visiting vessels must book in advance and will be asked to pre-pay prior to arrival. This will secure a suitable berthing space and avoid disappointment. Anyone requiring fuel must also book in advance.
Please use the relevant number below to book:
Portrush Harbour/ Coleraine Marina: 028 708 22307or 07889 081860
Ballycastle Marina: 028 207 68525 or 07803 505084
Rathlin: 07724594118 or call Ballycastle numbers for assistance
Visitors are asked to adhere to current social distancing guidance and be aware of other users.
Good hand hygiene will be essential, especially around common contact points such as handles and railings.
Harbour Offices will remain closed for public access. Opening hours, where staff will be available, will be limited with times displayed onsite.
Toilets and showers will be available on a limited basis and restricted for use during office hours.
Please show consideration to staff who continue to carry out their tasks during these difficult times.
Rathlin Harbour & Marina will remain closed to all vessels until further notice.
Benone Golf Course
Benone Golf Course has re-opened for members and non-members (must be pre-booked and pre-paid) between 9am -5pm.
Tee times must be booked in advance by phoning 028 7775 0555 with slots available from 0915hrs until 1515hrs for 9 holes – 2 bookings will be required to play 18 holes.
All social distancing protocols must be followed at the site.
Please note there will be no seats, ball-washers or bins available on the course and there will be no toilets, changing rooms, showers, vending machines available at Benone complex.
Benone Golf Course is open to new members £195 adult; £120 senior/junior along with a 2-month membership option for £90.
Ballyreagh Golf Course
Ballyreagh Golf Course will re-open from Monday 1st June 2020. The decision has been taken in line with the Northern Ireland Executive's decision to ease restrictions on Golf.
As per Government Guidance and sporting governing body recommendations (The R&A) the course will open initially to members only (existing season ticket holders).
Appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures along with amended booking and access arrangements have been put in place to ensure user safety at the course.
At this time no access will be permitted to the Pitch & Putt, Club Shop, or the on-site toilets.
Tee times for Ballyreagh must be pre booked in advance by contacting 028 7082 2028 between 9am and 5pm.
Users are encouraged to arrive at the course promptly with their own equipment for their start time. Footwear must be changed in the car park.
Tennis facilities update
Anderson Park and Ballycastle Tennis Courts have now re-opened to the public.
Appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures, along with amended booking and access arrangements, have been put in place to ensure user safety.
Courts can be booked in one hour slots by calling Anderson Park on 07517132817 or Ballycastle on 07517132813, Monday – Saturday from 12pm to 5pm.
Payments will be taken by Card only at the two sites.
All other tennis court sites across the borough remain closed until further notice.
Other Council facilities and venues
In response to Government direction, the following Council facilities remain closed:
All Council sports pitches.
All Council operated Bowling Greens; Brook St Coleraine, Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock, Kilrea, Dungiven.
Council operated tennis courts in Castlerock, Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae.
All outdoor gyms; various locations.
Mini Golf course, Ballycastle.
Large open recreational spaces (Riverside Park, Ballymoney & Quay Road, Ballycastle) remain open to facilitate public access routes but the public is strongly urged to adhere to advice around social distancing.
Dungiven Castle Park and the Croaghan Way (which forms part of the Moyle Way/Ulster Way) are closed.
At its Special Council Meeting held on Wednesday 18th March 2020 Council agreed a number of venue and facilities closures.
There is no public access to civic buildings while the following facilties are also closed:
• 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.
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 www.niarchive.org, where you will find collection archives, oral history archives, publications, exhibitions and activities for children.
Use our Mountsandel website for Key Stage 2 activities and learning www.mountsandel.com.
Our offices are closed but you can continue to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.