Swords playground taking shape

Nicola Donnelly

Published 21/01/2014 | 05:32

Some of the play equipment has already been erected at the Swords Manor playground, while the astro turf is likely to be installed next month.

WITH the playground equipment now being erected at the Swords Manor site and the astro turf likely to be laid on the all-weather pitch beside it next month, the opening date for the facility is on target for late February.

And within the coming week, the equipment for the playground at the Thornleigh site is likely to be put in place, weather permitting.

With work progressing, the Swords Needs Playground committee chairperson Marica Killi is asking all parents and grandparents in the community to talk to their teenagers and youngsters about the importance of looking after the facilities.

'We have tried to make the playgrounds anti-vandal proof but there is likely to be some mindless vandalism with having these facilities in towns so we are asking the community to talk to their children about the importance of the playgrounds and to respect and look after the facilities,' Marica told the Fingal Independent.

'It would be a shame for anything to happen to the playgrounds or to have to close them down because of vandalism,' she said.

'We want everyone to respect the playgrounds as its the community's facility and if anyone does spot any vandalism going on, they should contact the local gardai rather than to tackle it themselves,' she added.

She said the all-weather pitch to be located at the Swords Manor playground is for teenagers to have a facility to play on while the playgrounds are for younger children.

'The children who have seen the progress of the work being made and the equipment going in are getting all excited and can't wait to use their new facilities,' said Marica.

'We are absolutely delighted with the progress already made with the facilities and it is looking like we will have our official opening party in March,' she added.

'We would also like to remind people that no-one is permitted onto the sites while the work is being carried out.'

Last October, Fingal County Council awarded the tenders to two contractors to build the playgrounds. Spraoilinn, which is the same company which built the playground at Newbridge House and Tayto Park's playgrounds, is building the Swords Manor playground, while Go Play, which has built playgrounds at Ardgillan Castle and in Skerries, has been awarded the contract for the building of the Thornleigh Playground.

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