Dream comes true for Clogh children as playground set to open

Playground is result of hard work and commitment of local parents and community members

Kilkenny People

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Kilkenny People

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Dream comes true for Clogh children as playground set to open

The official opening of Clogh/Moneenroe Community Playground is at 1pm at Clogh Community Walking Track on Sunday, October 21

This Sunday marks the end of an 18-month intense process for our community and the opening of a free fun accessible play space for the children of Clogh, Moneenroe and surrounding areas.

The playground has been borne out of the hard work and commitment of a working group made up of local parents and community members, the foundations of which were laid five years previously by Clogh Community Council. They had the foresight to apply for planning permission for for a playground within the existing community field and walking track.

This baton was handed over to the next generation who came together and developed a consultation process with the community and their children and developed a design and plan for the playground. Joe Brennan, (chairperson and father to three school going daughters) brought his invaluable shills and expertise in planning, design and construction. This facilitated the committee to collaborate, vision and plan. As a group, they rallied community support and merged their collective skills and expertise in fundraising, grant applications and networking to realise the project.

Some of the features of Clogh playground

Over the last 18 months, €96,0000 was secured in grants and fundraising. The spirit and ethos of the playground is to provide an unconditional play space that is free and accessible to all children regardless of ability, with play equipment suitable for children aged between 3-12 years including a wheelchair accessible carousel and sand and water play area.

Communal seating and picnic benches are set within the centre of the playground, offering an inter-generational social space. The playground itself is nestled within the community walking track, promoting positive family wellbeing by providing a safe social space where adults can take exercise, whilst their children have fun and play safely.

All our funders and supporters are invited to take part in the celebrations this Sunday. Kilkenny County Council, the National Lottery, KBC Bright Ideas and all the local businesses, individuals and families who sponsored the playground through buying supporters’ plaques, raising over €17,000. These plaques will line the walls of the track and will also be unveiled on the day.

Local artist and parent Niamh Curry (Colour Hive) also volunteered her time and supported the children attending both of our local, national schools to realise their creativity and contribute their ideas for a mural. She translated their designs into a a beautiful mural which also lines the walls around the track, with a reminder that 'Every Child is an Artist'.

The opening takes place at 1pm on Sunday, October 21. There will be light refreshments in Cloonen club rooms at 2pm. Parking will also be available at the club rooms - only wheelchair parking available at the track.