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.
Under 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.