Caragh: File photo
Construction work on the new playground earmarked for Caragh will start at the end of June and is likely to take about eight weeks to complete; though the time frame is dependant on weather and ground conditions.
The proposed development will occupy nearly 7,000 square metres adjacent to the existing car park at Fr Kinsella Park and it will form part of a mixed parkland local amenity in the village.
It’s aimed at children aged between one and 12 years and will be surrounded by a 2.4 metre high fence. It will have a large tube slide tower, springers, junior and senior multi activity units, a spinner, playhouse, cable run, roundabout, seesaw, sand play area with sand table and a digger, talk tubes, an all inclusive roundabout as well as junior and senior swings, to name a few amenities.
It is planned to maintain the grass within the site where possible and additional surfaces that may be provided include rubber surfacing, woodchip, sand and tarmac — all of which are permeable and will facilitate drainage.
Adjacent to the playground will be a meeting area, kickabout area, pump track and outdoor exercise equipment.
The car park and entrance will have tree, shrub and bulb planting.
Fifteen submissions were received as part of the planning process.
These were generally welcoming and stressed the need for the facility.
Also welcomed was the fact that it will cater for many ages and it is close to the school. Concerns were expressed about security at the site as well as the number and management of litter bins.