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.

 

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