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Wednesday 22 October 2014

'Chaos' as children ordered to leave new playground

Mary Fogarty

Published 04/06/2014 | 05:22

Bray's new seafront playground was the scene of weekend 'chaos', as someone broke in through council fencing last Sunday, leading the way for hordes of kids to spill into the facility.

Bray's new seafront playground was the scene of weekend 'chaos', as someone broke in through council fencing last Sunday, leading the way for hordes of kids to spill into the facility.

District official David Forde explained that the playground was not quite finished in time for the weekend, with the delay being caused by rain on Thursday and Friday and also a hold-up with the necessary insurance details.

'But unauthorised entry was then gained over the weekend,' said Mr. Forde, adding that this caused 'chaos' in removing children and adults from the area.

'We don't know who it was, but whoever broke in would have had to use cutting equipment to access the playground through the fencing,' he added.

He said that the work was not fully finished and that the grounds had not been certified for use. 'It simply was not safe,' he added.

Engineers at the Municipal District of Bray hope that the facility will be open by next weekend instead, as they await the results of a pre-opening safety audit.

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Mr. Forde said that there will be no need for an 'official' opening ceremony and that the council will open the playground as soon as it is ready.

The new playground includes 17 pieces of equipment, including swings, a slide, an octopus seesaw, hopscotch, a multi climber and more, all designed around the fairy tales of Hans Christian Anderson.

The project was designed by the company Kompan and has been planned for several years.

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