Monday 22 January 2018

Second playground open for public use

The new playground at Applewood Thornleigh
The new playground at Applewood Thornleigh

Nicola Donnelly

THE SECOND playground in Swords, initiated by Swords Needs Playgrounds group, has now opened to the public at Applewood-Thornleigh.

The playground, which received funding from Fingal County Council and Fingal Leader Partnership, is just awaiting benches and litter bins to be fitted within the coming weeks by the Council.

Already hundreds of children and their families are already using the facility, along with the Swords Manor playground, which opened several weeks ago.

'This playground is built in the heart of Applewood with many residents living directly around it so we would ask families visiting to walk there and not to park their cars on the grass verges or in residents parking spaces,' said Marica Killi, Director of Swords Needs Playground committee.

'If there are any issues with litter prior to the bins being put in place, we would ask people to contact the Parks Division at Fingal County Council,' she added.

'Also we hope that everyone using the playground will show respect to other users and equipment,' said Marica, adding that if people should experience any anti-social behaviour they should contact Swords Gardai with details and descriptions.

The Swords Needs Playgrounds committee will be hosting an opening party at the end of April with the date to be confirmed to celebrate the opening of the Applewood-Thornleigh playground.

However, the Swords Manor playground opening party will not take place until all of the paths are in place according to Marica.

A major fundraising campaign took place last year by the committee of Swords Needs Playgrounds who raised over €25,000 for the construction of the Swords Manor and Thornleigh playgrounds and all-weather pitch.

Fingal Leader Partnership provided funding in the form of a grant of €150,000 while Fingal County Council covered 25% of the total costs of the facilities.

Fingal Independent

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