Open since Christmas, the Rathangan playground has been a big hit with families, and last Saturday April 26 the Mayor of Kildare officially opened the facility in a historic day for the town.
Mayor, Cllr. Mark Wall explained how the campaign began six years ago. He praised the dedication of the local playground committee and Kildare Area Committee councillors. At a cost of €180,000, which came from development levies, the equipment was provided by Go Play with Simon Wallace from Kildare County Council in charge of the project.
Cllr. Fiona O’Loughlin thanked Kildare County Council, the CORE Community Group’s Martin Shiel and Aonghus O’Dowd as well as playground committee members Paddy O’Loughlin and Julie Harper. “To see all the parents and their children enjoying the space has just been incredible. To see people from all parts of Kildare enjoying it has been great. Even businesses close to the playground are benefitting,” she stressed.
Julie Harper said she was currently working on a rota for volunteers to help out.
“It’s a fantastic facility to have. We were there even on Christmas Day with the children and that just says it all,” she noted.
Cllr. Mark Wall explained the site at Tannery Park was provided by the CORE Community Group, who own and maintain the park in conjunction with the Tidy Towns Association.
The playground has been designed to complement the existing natural features of the park. It caters for children from 1-12 years old and features a 25m long cable run, a 5m high spacenet with slide, swings and other sensory and physical play equipment.