Ballyarnett play park and facilities approved

Ballyarnett Country Park.
Ballyarnett Country Park.

Plans for a new play park as part on an overall masterplan for Derry’s publicly-owned Ballyarnett Country Park have been approved.

Derry City’s Planning Committee unanimously approved the new project during its September meeting in Strabane on Wednesday.

The plans include the provision of a play area, path, lighting of paths, and a small hub building.

The play area will consist of “large scale timber play equipment” enclosed within a 2.4m high mesh fence.

There will be different zones within the park for toddlers, children and older children.

A total of 61 neighbouring families were notified and there were no objections, a planning officer told the committee.

“There’s not many play areas within this area so this would be welcome,” she said.

The small hub building measuring 14.6m x 7.6m will include toilets, a kitchen and an office/ meeting space.

The play park and building will located adjacent to the existing car park within Ballyarnett Country Park.

Proposing the project be approved, SDLP Councillor Gus Hastings said: “This is another excellent outcome for the work carried out by our Regeneration and Environment Department.

“I think its long overdue and I think the people of Ballyarnett and Recourse will be glad of it.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Christopher Jackson seconded the proposal and it was carried.

The new facility is one of a number of major projects earmarked for the park, which encompasses a large 54-hectare tract of land off Ballyarnett Road in the Greater Shantallow area of Derry and close to the border with Muff.

The park, which includes lakes and peat bogs, is also an important biodiversity site and a haven for local wildlife.

Other features within the park include a hurling club, horse paddock and dog track.