Press Release – Monday 8 May, 2017.
The number of public playgrounds in County Wexford is to set to increase significantly, following the adoption today of a new 5-year Playground Strategy by the members of Wexford County Council.
The Strategy, which covers the period 2017-2022, will see grants of up to €25,000 (or 49% of capital costs) made available to community groups throughout County Wexford who wish to develop a children’s playground in their local area.
Wexford County Council currently operates 29 playgrounds throughout County Wexford while a further 4 playgrounds have been developed by local communities in the villages of Askamore, Blackwater, Rosslare Harbour and Templeudigan in partnership with Wexford County Council. It is this highly effective partnership model that is to be used by the Council as it seeks to deliver an additional 13 playgrounds over the lifetime of the new strategy.
Wexford County Council has also a larger “destination” playground in each the four main towns and the Strategy will ensure these enjoy further investment from the Council both in terms of maintenance and also in the provision of new equipment and facilities. These larger destination playgrounds and their range of facilities reflect the population of the respective catchment area, and with this in mind, Council proposals are at an advanced stage to develop an additional destination playground at Killeens as an part of Wexford Town’s new Min Ryan public park.
Commenting on the Playground Strategy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Councillor Paddy Kavanagh said “This Strategy has examined all of our existing playgrounds, including their facilities and their locations and it sets out a transparent plan to ensure every child in every community throughout County Wexford has a fair and reasonable opportunity to enjoy these essential amenities”.
John Carley is Director of Services at Wexford County Council and he explains some of the thinking behind the new strategy. “Wexford County Council identified a number of locations around the county that are not adequately served by playgrounds at the moment. Bridgetown, for example, has experienced significant population growth in recent years but currently does not have a playground. It is important that population growth is matched by increased investment in appropriate public amenities and facilities and the Playground Strategy will help to achieve this.
He added “The model of community-led playground development is one that has worked really well to date. It ensures that when it comes to site selection and overall playground design the local community is at the centre of the decision-making process. A community playground is owned by the local people. It is an integral element of the local area in the same way as the primary school, the GAA or soccer field, the local shop or community centre”
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