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£1m ‘Play Parks Project’ completes in time for Spring 2019

6 February 2019

Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership (MGLRDP) together with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council gathered with dignitaries from other funding bodies and local school children to celebrate the major construction and upgrade of various play parks across Newry, Mourne and Down district on Wednesday 6 February 2019.

The Project was supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the European Union, with MGLRDP and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council contributing £500k each towards the overall investment.

Launching the project, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “The Council is delighted to launch this major programme of state-of-the-art new build and upgrade of 15 play parks in the rural communities of Ballyholland, Belleek, Burren, Crossgar, Cullaville, Cullyhanna, Drumaness, Drumintee, Forkhill, Jonesborough, Killough, Killyleagh, Lislane, Lurganare and Meigh. Inclusive play is encouraged by the design of these parks, which will provide fun activities and help to keep children healthy, while promoting social cohesion and inclusion for all.”

Cllr Murnin continued, “The new and upgraded play parks contain many innovative features including a ‘Theta’ fitness adventure trail, zip-line and multi-play units installed onsite. The new facilities also include features like a storyteller’s chair, swirl roundabouts and a block pave maze area. Several play parks have been installed with sport-active equipment featuring a team-based, outdoor, electronic platform, providing a competitive play arena on which both children and adults are challenged to compete against each other. This high tech, interactive equipment encourages healthy activity for all.”

Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership Chairperson Councillor Roisin Mulgrew commented, “It is rewarding to see this partnership approach between Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the Rural Development Partnership and the local communities in these rural areas coming to fruition with the opening of these fabulous new state-of-the-art play parks. I’m pleased that the parks will be open in perfect time for spring, when these facilities will soon echo with the laughter of our children and young people.”

DAERA representative, Jerome Burns added, “The Department is delighted to be a partner in this project which has produced such a significant impact across the district. Council funding, matched with DAERA and EU funding through the Rural Development Fund, has maximised the overall impact. The positive benefits of play for children is matched by the positive impacts on the whole rural community, including improved access to facilities, health and well-being and community cohesion.”

If you would be interested in applying under one of the schemes, please contact us on 0300 013 2233 ext 2506 (Downpatrick office) to register your interest.

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