Enterprise, Trade & Investment Minister, Arlene Foster, today officially announced the completion of new environmental improvement works to Castlerock promenade and Whiterocks coastal park.
The infrastructure improvements form part of an overarching regeneration scheme in Portrush and its surrounding area.
Speaking at today’s launch in Portrush, Arlene Foster said: “Castlerock and Whiterocks are important initiatives in promoting sustainable tourism for the North Coast area and will help to create a legacy that will bring longer-term benefits in terms of our tourism economy and job creation.
“The progression of anchor visitor attractions and coastal resorts is fundamental to the future development of Portrush and the world famous Causeway Coastal Route, and the continuing work to improve amenities exemplified by this regeneration is a very welcome boost for tourism.
“Not only will this strengthen and enhance the visitor experience but also encourage more people to come in greater numbers and entice them to return in the future.”
Tourism NI’s Tourism Development Scheme supported the project to the sum of £478,400 together with finance of £430,362 from the North East Region Rural Development Programme administered by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development through the European Regional Development Fund. Coleraine Borough Council contributed £90,000 of additional support.
Mayor of Coleraine, Cllr George Duddy added: “This is one of my last official engagements as the Mayor of Coleraine. I am pleased to say that the efforts of Coleraine Borough Council, over the past number of years, towards regeneration and investment in our tourism infrastructure has put us in good stead. The Causeway Coast is famous for its unrivalled scenery and beautiful beaches continue to attract visitors from all over the world. I have no doubt that the work at both Castlerock and Whiterocks will add to the visitor experience, and improve the quality of the already renowned Causeway Coast Car Touring Route and the Ulster Way.”
Works at Castlerock include the development of a new promenade, a reconfiguration of the car park and easier access to the beach through the creation of three boardwalks, all designed to reflect the character of the village and its coastal location.
At Whiterocks, improved beach access with dune system and boardwalks together with a new car park and an extension to a visitor amenity building to benefit water sport users have been tastefully completed. The addition of a wooden bridge to span a small gorge has taken a significant section of the Causeway Coast/Ulster Way off the main A2 road offering ramblers and walkers stunning views of Dunluce Castle, Curran Strand and Portrush.