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  • Northside East

Playground facility opens in Balrothery 

Saturday, 13th April, 2019 4:00pm
Playground facility opens  in Balrothery 

Mathew, Elsie and Hannah Tolan pictured at the official opening of the new facilities at Knight’s Playground and Multi Use Games Area at Glebe Park, Balrothery. PHOTOS: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

Playground facility opens  in Balrothery 

Mathew, Elsie and Hannah Tolan pictured at the official opening of the new facilities at Knight’s Playground and Multi Use Games Area at Glebe Park, Balrothery. PHOTOS: SHANE O’NEILL/SON PHOTOGRAPHIC

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CHILDREN in a north county Dublin village have received a boost following the opening of a new amenity in their area. 

Fingal County Council officially opened the Knight's Playground and Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) in Balothery. 

The playground, constructed by Creative Play Solutions, has been designed as a destination facility for families with a strong emphasis on natural play opportunities. 

A key element of the project brief was that the design of playground reflected the rich local heritage of the area.  

The striking, central knight themed sculpture draws on the tradition that Balrothery derives its name from Baile na Ridire, 'Town of the Knight'. Meanwhile, the multi use games arena has been designed as a modern fit for purpose facility to cater for 5-side football, basketball and general training activity.

Positive community engagement has been a hallmark of the project. Before tendering for  it, the council’s Parks & Green Infrastructure Division undertook extensive consultation with stakeholders to determine their requirements.  

Senior Parks Superintendent at Fingal County Council, Kevin Halpenny, said the facilities are a key element of the wider objective to develop Glebe Park, Balrothery, as a recreational hub. 

“The Recreational Hub concept has been developed to encourage multi-use and sustainable community sporting facilities to cater for growing demand within the county,” said Mr Halpenny.

Mayor of Fingal Councillor Anthony Lavin praised the facility. 

“I can see Glebe Park and this wonderfully designed playground and games area becoming a focal point for the Balrothery community, young and old,” he said. 

The council’s chief executive Paul Reid said: ”I would like to praise the work of our Parks & Green Infrastructure Division in developing this fantastic facility. 

“This latest addition is another example of Fingal County Council’s dedication to providing high quality playgrounds and sporting facilities in the xounty’s parks and open spaces.”

Chairperson of Balrothery Community Association Kevin Tolan said: “We were delighted to work with, and say a heartfelt thanks to Fingal County Council, Department of Rural & Community Development, our local councillors and Creative Play as well as our own members, for collectively delivering the Knight’s Playground and MUGA which will make a positive difference to the Balrothery community for many years to come.”

Members of the Balrothery Community Council and, enthusiastic new users, the children from Balrothery National School, attended the launch.

Cllr Tony Murphy (Ind), Deputy Mayor of Fingal Cllr Grainne Maguire (Ind) and Cllr Malachy Quinn (SF) pictured at the official opening of the playground in Balrothery.

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