Work has started on Sallins playground

Residents have waited many years for the facility

Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Work has started on Sallins playground

The playground site

Work has started on the construction of Sallins playground. The new playground will be built on parish lands between the rear of the existing parochial house and St. Laurence's national school. 

The contract for the provision of the facility was signed last December and weather permitting, it will take 12 weeks for the contractor Northern Ireland-based Play and Leisure Services, to complete the facility. The same company built the skate park at Caragh Road, Naas (near K Leisure), a  park designed to replicate parts of a street and can be used by BMX bike owners and those using skates as well as skateboarders. It’s completely fenced in and provides a space for the whole community to visit.   

The playground will cater for children between the ages of one and 12 and will provided swings, slides, seesaws, rockers, multiplay units, play panels, sand and water play and landscaping.

Kildare North Labour general election candidate Emmet Stagg said Sallins Community Council for campaigning for the playground.

The campaign to provide a playground in Sallins goes back over ten years. A site was originally identified close to Castlefen but it is owned by Kildare County Council which rejected the idea because the land was designated for housing at some future.

The council was also concerned that there would not be adequate parking spaces there.

In 2013 over 100 adults and children protested over the absence of a playground at the playground in Monread - the nearest one to Sallins.