Thursday 22 March 2018

More playgrounds added to County Wexford

The Promenade playground, Enniscorthy which will be refurbished and improved
The Promenade playground, Enniscorthy which will be refurbished and improved

Sara Gahan at the Enniscorthy Municipal District meeting

More playgrounds for children in the county are on the cards, announces Chief Officer Ger Mackey to the members of the Enniscorthy Municipal, who has strategically set out a framework for the future development of a play provision in the county.

The Draft Playground Strategy 2017-2022 illustrates provision, overlaps and gaps in the play opportunities available in County Wexford, including the Enniscorthy district with a park in the pre development stage for Oylegate and Clonroche while Kiltealy and Adamstown have been highlighted as potential sites.

Mr Mackey said: 'Play is essential to the social, physical, intellectual, creative and emotional development of the child. The developmental nature of play makes it even more vital for children with disabilities. It is our vision that all children will be given the opportunity to play together in challenging and fun environments, irrespective of their social backgrounds or level of ability.'

Mr Mackey outlined the strategic objectives for this five-year plan to the members of the Enniscorthy Municipal District. The objectives are: to develop a strategic framework to deliver and manage playgrounds in a sustainable manner; to analyse current distribution of playgrounds, their age, quality and identify any gaps or over provision of facilities; to provide a framework for the provision of playgrounds across the County based on identifiable need and sustainability; to set out general design and play value objectives for playgrounds in County Wexford.

'The Promenade playground, Enniscorthy, along with Gorey Town park and Redmond Park, Wexford will be renewed also to meet certain objectives that we have set out in our strategy,' said Mr Mackey.

The future development of the newly refurbished Promenade playground will have to be accessible for children with disabilities, a good informal oversight by adults so views are not obstructed,features to be designed for a range of abilities and behaviours, prohibit dogs within 10 meters of play equipment and encourage a smoke free policy.

Enniscorthy Guardian