A Playground for Athenry – 2003

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Plans are at an advanced stage for the provision of a playground in Athenry. The next stage is a planning application and then work will start.

The idea is being put forward by the Playground Action Committee headed by Anne Reaney and Patricia O’Grady who represent a very committed group, determined to provide a play area for the hundreds of young families in the area who have to travel to Loughrea or Galway to allow their children access to play areas.

The site for the playground is being provided by the Community Council in the park opposite the    Abbey. This will combine the play area with green space.

The play equipment is being supplied by Wooden Delights Ltd of Mincloon, Galway. Christy Hanbury of Wooden Delights has played a key role in planning the play area and adapting the plans to suit the site available.

Galway County Council has agreed to do some site preparation and will provide insurance and maintenance checks on the playground. The provision of insurance cover is a major boost as the cost to a local committee would be prohibitive.

The playground will consist of climbing frames, slides and swings for both toddlers and older children and hopefully will be in “full swing” in a few months’ time.

The cost of the playground is considerable and it is hoped to cover it through local contributions and grant aid.

A meeting to discuss and advance the plan was held in the County Council Offices at the Library recently. It was attended by Anne Reaney, Patricia O’Grady (Playground Group), Peter Feeney (Community Council), Christy Hanbury (Wooden Delights), John Diskin, Enda Gallagher and Anne Power (Galway County Council).

Peter Feeney is Chairperson, Athenry Community Council

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About this record

Written by Peter Feeney

Published here 09 Feb 2024 and originally published Summer 2003

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