€190k, state-of-art play­ground set to open in In­nis­han­non

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Áilín Quin­lan

A state-of-the-art play­ground in In­nis­han­non will of­fi­cially be opened on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3.

How­ever, the €190,000 play­ground ac­tu­ally opened to happy chil­dren on the first week­end of this month.

It will serve 1,000 chil­dren from four lo­cal pri­mary schools and five pre-schools, in In­nis­han­non and the sur­round­ing area.

Pre­vi­ously, par­ents had to bring their chil­dren miles to play­grounds in neigh­bour­ing towns.

It’s a tri­umph for the or­gan­is­ing group, a sub-com­mit­tee the well-known com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion Friends of In­nis­han­non, which has strongly cam­paigned and fund-raised for the amenity, since April, 2017.

Con­struc­tion work started on the play­ground last Au­gust, at The Bleach, the lo­cal GAA grounds, which fea­ture an ex­ist­ing com­mu­nity walk­way.

It is now planned that the of­fi­cial open­ing of the play­ground — which has a va­ri­ety of play equip­ment, for chil­dren of all needs — will cater for chil­dren up to age 12.

Mean­time, be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony, The Bleach is full of the happy shrieks of chil­dren en­joy­ing the new swings and other ameni­ties. “It’s go­ing down a bomb,” said Lena Ang­land, of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee.

When the project was be­gun, it was ex­pected to take up to five years to raise suf­fi­cient funds, but, thanks to solid com­mu­nity sup­port, as well as cru­cial grants from LEADER and Cork County Coun­cil, the play­ground had opened much ear­lier than was orig­i­nally en­vis­aged.

It was an amaz­ing ex­am­ple of a com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether, Ms Ang­land said.

Ms Ang­land also said that a spe­cial plaque, bear­ing the names of the more than 60 doof nors who had agreed to be­come ‘play­ground share­hold­ers’, by buy­ing a €500 ‘share’ in the amenity, would be un­veiled at the of­fi­cial open­ing.

The in­no­va­tive fundrais­ing cam­paign also fea­tured the a spe­cial, nine-minute doc­u­men­tary about the need for a play­ground in In­nis­han­non.

The vil­lage, as lo­cals have fre­quently pointed out, is lo­cated on the busy N71 road, and ex­pe­ri­ences a traf­fic through­put of up to 30,000 ve­hi­cles daily. New traf­fic lights have also been pro­vided, on the main thor­ough­fare, ad­ja­cent to the GAA club/play­ground area.

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