THE NEW €200,000 playground at the John F. Kennedy Arboretum was officially re-opened by Minister Brian Hayes last week.
This greatly enhanced facility, which replaces the extremely popular playground that was constructed in 1996, was opened with the help of local children and pupils from St. Leonard's National School, who presented Minister Hayes with a bound sketch of their ideas for the playground.
With over 100,000 visitors to the JFK Arboretum each year and with the popularity and importance of the playground to those that visit, it was decided last year that the playground needed to be replaced.
Once that decision was taken, tenders were sought from specialist contractors and the contract was awarded to Creative Playground Solutions Ltd. from Galway. Work commenced on site in January of this year and was completed in early March at a cost of €200,000. When construction was completed all groundwork on the surrounds of the new play area were completed by OPW staff
' The new playground has been designed to meet the needs of the many families who use this very popular amenity,' said Brian Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW).
'I hope the many thousands of visitors to this wonderful site will get many years of use and hours of enjoyment from this wonderful new facility and I'm told that it has already received praise for its size, design and quality of workm a n s h i p , ' added the Minister at the opening.