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