Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council spent more than £8,000 on the official opening ceremony for the new V36 park beside the Valley Leisure Centre.
Figures obtained by the Times reveal that the total costs for the event came to a whopping £8,050.50. The main areas of expenditure were £1,851 which was spent on catering, £1,330 for removal, collection and deliveries and £1,200 for poseur tables, covers, table cloths and runners.
Other areas of expenditure included £800 for audio visual equipment and a technician to operate it and £500 for four buses which were used to transport primary school pupils.
The opening ceremony on September 23 was attended by local political representatives, school children and community groups. HM Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim, Joan Christie OBE officially opened the £4m cross-community facility alongside Mayor Thomas Hogg.