Irvine Beach Park

Automatic Tide Marker Station, Irvine Beach Park
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Automatic Tide Marker Station, Irvine Beach Park

Irvine Beach Park is an expanse of greenspace to the south of the mouth of the River Irvine in North Ayrshire. The eastern part of the site had been an industrial area, with Iron and Chemical Works which had closed many year before, and a Royal Ordnance Factory which operated between 1917 and 1957. The site had subsequently been abandoned. Extending to around 50 ha (124 acres), the Park was formed from landscaped sand dunes behind Irvine Bay created by the Irvine Development Corporation from 1975, with the Magnum Centre as its centrepiece. HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the park the following year. The Beach Park received a Civic Trust award in 1980. The Magnum Centre closed and was demolished in 2017. A Sea World marine life centre next to the beach also closed, together with the Big Idea on opposite bank of river. The Harbour Arts Centre and Scottish Maritime Museum remain nearby.

Today there is a fine sandy beach, beach pavilion, a network of paths, large boating pond, picnic area, a maze and a crazy golf course. There are also two significant public art works; namely a stone dragon.

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