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New playground set to transform Pearse Park

Destination playgrounds will include a Norman multi activity play ship, wetpour moat, sensory zone and four tower castle

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An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

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An image of the Norman themed playgrounds being built this summer at Pearse Park

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Excitement was palpable in New Ross' Pearse Park last week, when contracts were signed for the area's new Norman themed Destination playground. Following the announcement of €300,000 in funding from Wexford County Council and with the completion of the tender and evaluation process, the contract was awarded to Kompan Ireland.

Six tenders were received, following tender publication, for construction of the playground.

Expressing his delight on signing the contract along with Martin Careyo of Kompan Ireland Ltd. Cathaoirleach of New Ross Municipal District Cllr Michael Whelan said that the end result would be worth the wait. 'New Ross will now have a state of the art playground which will be the envy of many towns in the region. The winning contractor are a premier provider of outdoor play and fitness solutions. While the design team is based in Galway, the installation and maintenance teams are based in Wexford.'

Kompan have installed hundreds of playgrounds throughout Ireland and have twenty years' experience in the play industry.

One of the benefits of Kompan's tender was that both the junior and senior playgrounds will each have their own feature multi play unit. The majority of the play equipment will be accessible and inclusive, Cllr Whelan said. 'Both playgrounds have 1.8 metre wide accessible tarmac paths which link all of the play equipment. The carousel and trampoline are both wheelchair accessible. The seesaw and springers are wide and have back supports and the 1.2 metre wide extra large Nest Swing can accommodate children of all ages and abilities.'

Kompan tapped into the rich Norman history of New Ross for the design. 'There were several sources of inspiration such as the Norman castles nearby, the imagery in the Ros Tapestry collections and the location of the town on the banks of the River Barrow and its history as a busy seaport. The Junior playground acts as the land settle Norman area of the playground. The main feature in this part of the playground is a customised four tower castle junior multi activity unit surrounded by a wetpour moat.

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At the signing of the contract for Pearse park playground works were, front row: Martin Carey, KOMPAN Ltd; Cathaoirleach Michael Whelan and Director of Services Eamonn
Hore. Back row: Cllr John Fleming, Mick McCormick district manager; Cllr Anthony Connick, Cllr Michael Sheehan, Sharon Ryan assistant staff officer, Cllr Pat Barden and Ger Walsh Staff Officer

At the signing of the contract for Pearse park playground works were, front row: Martin Carey, KOMPAN Ltd; Cathaoirleach Michael Whelan and Director of Services Eamonn Hore. Back row: Cllr John Fleming, Mick McCormick district manager; Cllr Anthony Connick, Cllr Michael Sheehan, Sharon Ryan assistant staff officer, Cllr Pat Barden and Ger Walsh Staff Officer

At the signing of the contract for Pearse park playground works were, front row: Martin Carey, KOMPAN Ltd; Cathaoirleach Michael Whelan and Director of Services Eamonn Hore. Back row: Cllr John Fleming, Mick McCormick district manager; Cllr Anthony Connick, Cllr Michael Sheehan, Sharon Ryan assistant staff officer, Cllr Pat Barden and Ger Walsh Staff Officer

The Senior playground focuses on the ocean travelling Normans. The larger feature unit is a custom designed Norman Long Boat Ship MultiPlay Unit.'

The rest of the playground has been designed around these two features. The Sensory Zone is designed based on the 'Rainbow Road to Valhalla'. It creates a destination zone with activities and panels that stimulate all the senses including musical chimes, bongos, games and visual play panels, a 3D wetpour Turtle as a playground identifier, a bench without backrest for facing away from the activity and the striking wetpour 'rainbow road' to jump, play and race along.

The custom designed PECS Communications Board will add a very useful Communication tool for non-verbal children.

Cllr Whelan said that Wexford County Council and New Ross Municipal District look forward to working with Kompan to build a unique play space in Pearse Park with custom designed Norman themed units to reflect the local history of the area and which will provide a local amenity that children will enjoy for years to come.


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