Contracts have today been signed which will signal the beginning of refurbishment works for Charleville Playground.
Cllr Ian Doyle, Deputising for the County Mayor, Mary Ryan, Director of Services for Municipal District Operations and Rural Development joined JJ Brown from Browne Brothers Site Services Ltd of Loughlee, Carrigadrohid, Co. Cork to mark the first step in these works.
Costing €130,000 and due to open in mid July, the works will include extensive refurbishment of the existing playground as well as new play equipment, new surfacing, enhanced accessibility, sensory equipment, seating and perimeter fencing. Walking access from the town park car park to the playground is also scheduled for development.
On top of the planned works on the playground, Cork County Council are also advancing improvement plans to the Town Park which would include new walking paths, significant landscaping, public lighting, a featured grass mound area for children as well as an enhanced pedestrian access to the park.
Commenting on the works, Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, highlighted the importance of outdoor spaces as vital features across Cork’s towns and villages,
“Cork County Council is fully aware of how important communal features are, from community halls to parks and playgrounds. These are key areas in every community and serve a very important purpose, for recreation, for socialisation and for the creation of the quality of life offering that makes Cork a great place in which to live.”
Speaking of the project, JJ Browne noted the impact the park will have on Charleville town,
“We are delighted to be involved in this project and look forward to providing a wonderful amenity for the people of Charleville, one which I am confident they will reap the benefits of over the next number of years.”