Ward Park ...a new vision


February 2024


Despite inclement weather, the critical work to restore the pond's ecosystem continues




Ward Park is one of our Borough’s most attractive assets, popular with residents and visitors of all ages. The Environmental Improvement Scheme aspires to largely retain the traditional landscape and recreational benefits of the park, while sympathetically creating a modern park environment that will enhance biodiversity and help safeguard the park for future generations.


The scheme aims to:

• Improve the current pond structure.
• Provide a modern approach to the management of wildfowl and waterfowl.
• Retain historical features, while improving the built environment/ infrastructure.
• Create educational and play opportunities.
• Promote biodiversity.
• Help safeguard the Park for future generations. 


The scheme also aims to resolve the problem of silt build-up in the ponds and to mitigate against this recurring. Desilting (or dredging) of the ponds is the first phase of work for the scheme.  

Desilting work has commenced  The works will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.  

Following the completion of the desilting works, we look forward to progressing the other elements of the Environmental Improvement Scheme. It is currently anticipated that this will begin in the winter of 2024/5.


We will provide updates through this page and our Facebook Page. 

YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS ...Open House Festival run events all summer long in Bangor's town centre Ward Park ...this is a just a sample of the summer programe!!

Summer Sunday's at Ward Park 2016

Castle Park: Located in Bangor town centre 

A walk through this wooded wonderland is an exhilarating experience throughout the seasons. Obtain the Castle Park Nature Trail Guide from North Down Museum, located in the grounds of Castle Park with Bangor Castle (Town Hall), and follow the arrowed pathways.

Stroll along the tree-lined avenue to explore the formal gardens of the Town Hall. Examine the sundial in the forecourt, believed to be from the 8th Century monastic origin and explore the Arboretum on the south side of the Town Hall, which contains a fine collection of mature conifers and deciduous trees.

Follow the pathways through Castle Park to arrive at Bangor Castle Walled Garden, a real hidden gem.


Bangor is fortunate to have two unique town centre parks and playing fields.

Bangor Castle (Town Hall) at night
War memorial at Ward Park
Lawn bowlers at Ward Park
The duck pond at Ward Park
The War Memorial and German U-boat gun at base
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