Friday 19 July 2019

'Knight-themed' playground to be built in Balrothery

Balrothery playground and MUGA design
Balrothery playground and MUGA design

Fingal County Council has appointed a contractor to construct a Playground and Multi Use Games Arena in Glebe Park, Balrothery. Following a competitive tender process, Creative Play Solutions has been selected to design and construct both facilities. The project is co funded from Town and Village Renewal Scheme (Department of Rural and Community Development)

Positive community engagement has been a hallmark of the project, according to the council.

Before tendering for the project, the council undertook extensive consultation with stakeholders to determine their requirements.

The playground 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.

Senior Parks Superintendent Kevin Halpenny said: 'The facilities are a key element of the wider objective of the Council's Parks & Green Infrastructure Division 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.'

The news has been warmly welcomed by the Balrothery Community Association. A spokesperson for the Community Association said: 'The community in Balrothery has worked closely with the Planning & Strategic Infrastructure Department of Fingal County Council on the project. We wish to acknowledge the work of the staff in Fingal County Council, who encouraged direct community input into the design brief. The winning design has really met the brief which asked for a unique 'themed playground' that not only provided natural play space but also represented the Medieval Heritage of Balrothery, 'The Town of the Knight'.'

Fingal Independent