‘Knight-themed’ playground for Bal­roth­ery

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

FINGAL County Coun­cil has ap­pointed a con­trac­tor to con­struct a Playground and Multi Use Games Arena in Glebe Park, Bal­roth­ery. Fol­low­ing a com­pet­i­tive ten­der process, Cre­ative Play So­lu­tions has been se­lected to de­sign and con­struct both fa­cil­i­ties. The project is co funded from Town and Vil­lage Re­newal Scheme (Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment)

Pos­i­tive com­mu­nity engagement has been a hall­mark of the project, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

Be­fore ten­der­ing for the project, the coun­cil un­der­took ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers to de­ter­mine their re­quire­ments. The playground has been de­signed as a des­ti­na­tion fa­cil­ity for fam­i­lies with a strong em­pha­sis on nat­u­ral play op­por­tu­ni­ties.

A key el­e­ment of the project brief was that the de­sign of playground re­flected the rich lo­cal her­itage of the area.

The strik­ing, cen­tral knight themed sculp­ture draws on the tra­di­tion that Bal­roth­ery de­rives its name from Baile na Ridire ‘Town of the Knight’.

Mean­while the multi-use games arena has been de­signed as a mod­ern fit for pur­pose fa­cil­ity to cater for 5-side foot­ball, bas­ket­ball and gen­eral train­ing ac­tiv­ity.

Se­nior Parks Su­per­in­ten­dent Kevin Halpenny said: ‘The fa­cil­i­ties are a key el­e­ment of the wider ob­jec­tive of the Coun­cil’s Parks & Green In­fra­struc­ture Di­vi­sion to de­velop Glebe Park, Bal­roth­ery as a recre­ational hub. The Recre­ational Hub con­cept has been de­vel­oped to en­cour­age multi-use and sus­tain­able com­mu­nity sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties to cater for grow­ing de­mand within the county.’

The news has been warmly wel­comed by the Bal­roth­ery Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion. A spokesper­son for the Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion said: ‘The com­mu­nity in Bal­roth­ery has worked closely with the Plan­ning & Strate­gic In­fra­struc­ture Depart­ment of Fingal County Coun­cil on the project. We wish to ac­knowl­edge the work of the staff in Fingal County Coun­cil, who en­cour­aged di­rect com­mu­nity input into the de­sign brief. The win­ning de­sign has re­ally met the brief which asked for a unique ‘themed playground’ that not only pro­vided nat­u­ral play space but also rep­re­sented the Me­dieval Her­itage of Bal­roth­ery, ‘The Town of the Knight’.’

Bal­roth­ery playground and MUGA de­sign.

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