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Official opening of new Ballyhooly Playground

S40853-xlimage-R951-official-opening-of-new-ballyhooly-playground-this-sundayThe community of Ballyhooly gets to tick off a major item on its wish list this Sunday 6th October with the official opening of the brand new community playground in the village.

Dr Tom Cavanagh will officially open the playground and multi-use games area and the community is going all out to celebrate the occasion with a free Family Fun Day. There’ll be bouncy castles, face painting and dodge ball as well as barbecue food and light refreshments for all. All members of the community are invited to join in the fun and enjoy the occasion in Ballyhooly Community Sportsfield from 2.30pm on Sunday.

The completion of the playground and multi-use games area delivers first class leisure facilities for Ballyhooly, providing a safe haven in the community sportsfield for the development of play, contributing to the wellbeing and development of children of all abilities in Ballyhooly and the surrounding areas.

The state-of-the-art play area is suitable for children aged from 2 to 12 years of age, while the multi-use games area incorporates a floodlit astro turf surface and rebound wall which can be used for a number of sports for those aged six and upwards, including adults.

The finished development is a fitting way to mark the 30th anniversary this year of the commencement of development works in Ballyhooly Community Sportsfield, the new facilities adding to the existing ones; two full size Gaelic pitches, one of them floodlit, two tournament-standard floodlit tennis courts, changing rooms and a floodlit walkway to make a facility the whole community can be justifiably proud of.

Over the last 12 months, a joint committee drawn from a wide range of clubs and committees in Ballyhooly community, under the chairmanship of Liam Dineen, got to work to bring the project to fruition. Committee members Liam, Jim McCarthy, Pat O’Connor, Majella Roche, Pete Sykes, Joanne Roche, Brian McCarthy, Mike Dineen, Lisa Woods, Therese Holland, Brenda Crowley, Tom Collier and Denis Hickey worked hard throughout to deliver the project. They say great credit is due to local contractor James Walsh of Walsh Engineering who completed the works with assistance from Pad Cooney Plant Hire, Paudie Burke of Burke Electrical and Mike Dineen Engineering. The project was supervised by local engineer and committee member Brian McCarthy.

The €144,000 project was made possible by funding from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, donations from generous benefactors and local clubs as well as the exceptionally generous response from the local community who added a whopping €25,000 to the pot in a door-to-door collection. The €144,000 cost included all construction works, planning, design and the e-tendering process as well as the lighting for the astro-turf pitch.

The committee this week extended sincere thanks to everyone for their patience, generosity and support in the realisation of what is an excellent amenity for Ballyhooly community and say they look forward to seeing everyone at the free Family Fun Day this Sunday.

Ballyhooly Playground Due for Completion

S37022-xlimage-R3156-playground-due-for-completion--a-call-for-final-donationsThe news that the construction of the playground and multiuse games area in Ballyhooly Community Sportsfield is nearing completion by Walsh Engineering will bring delight to the many children (and adults!) of the community and surrounding areas who have been keen observers of the progress in recent weeks.

It is expected that the facility will be open for use by 21 September with the official opening scheduled for 6 October. The completion of this facility in Ballyhooly joins recent community projects including the Community Hall and An Cuan, the sheltered housing scheme, ensuring this vibrant community retains excellent community facilities for young and old.

In particular, the Ballyhooly Community Sportsfield will be a first class recreational and leisure facility for all ages and abilities with the new project augmenting the existing GAA pitches, tennis courts, changing rooms and floodlit walkway which are availed of by all in a safe and secure environment.

This playground and multi-use games area project at a cost of €140,000 has secured considerable funding from grant aid, generous benefactors and local clubs, in addition to a most impressive door to door collection yielding over €25,000. At this stage of the development, a very small deficit of €5,000 exists and needs to be cleared. Anyone who has previously pledged funds or would like to donate funds, please contact Liam Dineen or any member of the committee: Jim McCarthy, Pat O’Connor, Majella Roche, Pete Sykes, Joanne Roche, Brian McCarthy, Mike Dineen, Lisa Woods, Therese Holland, Brenda Crowley, Tom Collier and Denis Hickey.

Once again, the committee would like to thank everybody for their patience, generosity and support in the realisation of this project for Ballyhooly community. We look forward to seeing you all at the official opening on 6 October. More details to follow.

Ballyhooly Playground

 

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A playground has long been on the wish list for Ballyhooly Community along with other projects, which have been completed in the recent past, including refurbishment of the Community Hall and An Cuan, the sheltered housing scheme, etc.
Ballyhooly Community Sportsfield is already a very significant leisure facility for Ballyhooly community, including 2 full-size Gaelic pitches (1 floodlit), 2 tournament standard flood lit tennis courts, changing room facilities and all surrounded by a floodlit walkway which is availed of by young and old from early morning to late in the evening in a safe and secure environment. This community leisure facility will now be greatly enhanced by the addition of a children’s playground and multi-use games area further optimising the use of this facility, providing a safe haven for the development of play and improvement of the well-being of the lives of children of all abilities in Ballyhooly and the surrounding areas. Within Ballyhooly community alone, there is currently an estimated 100 pre-school children, a figure growing all the time together with 140 children attending the local national school.

Over the last number of months, a joint committee drawn from a wide range of clubs/committees in Ballyhooly Community, under the chairmanship of Liam Dineen, have done significant work to realise this excellent project. The Ballyhooly Playground and Multi-Use Games Area Committee is comprised of Liam Dineen, Jim McCarthy, Pat O’Connor, Majella Roche, Pete Sykes, Joanne Roche, Brian McCarthy, Mike Dineen, Lisa Woods, Therese Holland, Brenda Crowley, Tom Collier, Michael Daniels and Denis Hickey.

S12217-xlimage-R1991-fundraising-to-commence-for-ballyhooly-playground-with-june-opening-hoped-forUnder the supervision of local engineer and committee member, Brian McCarthy, all aspects of the design of this leisure facility have been geared towards delivering a better quality of life to residents and visitors to Ballyhooly with a facility which is attractive, well maintained, safe and a quality addition to existing facilities. Design considerations included: amenity, safety, convenience, environment, use of land, scale, location, sustainability and cost. The play area to be created will be within a safe, fenced area containing a range of play equipment meeting all required safety standards and specifically designed for children 2-12 yrs including those with special needs. The multi-use games area will similarly be created within a safe, fenced area containing a rebound wall and specifically designed for multiple different sports, including hurling, tennis and soccer, with potential for more. This facility will be suitable for those 6yrs and upwards to include adults.

Following an open e-tender process, contracts for this work have recently been awarded to local contractor, Mr James Walsh, Walsh Engineering. Works are due to commence in the coming weeks with an estimated completion date of early June 2013.

To date, this project has secured considerable funding from grant aid, generous benefactors and local clubs. The estimated cost of this project is in the region of €130,000, plus €3000 professional fees. It is now hoped that Ballyhooly Community will support this excellent project with its customary generosity to bring the full project to fruition. In order to do this, an information brochure and letter has been circulated to all households in the community in the last few days. This will be followed up with a door to door call in the coming weeks requesting your voluntary contributions to this worthy project. The Committee look forward to a positive response from Ballyhooly Community and the surrounding areas.