Calls for council to now make Strathfoyle play-park ‘a reality’

Eamon O'Donnell and Paul Hughes pictured last year with some of the children and parents who are waiting for a new playpark to be developed at Strathfoyle. DER4414-120KM
Eamon O'Donnell and Paul Hughes pictured last year with some of the children and parents who are waiting for a new playpark to be developed at Strathfoyle. DER4414-120KM
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A community group in Strathfoyle has welcomed the announcement that £150,000 has been made available to build a play park in the area.

Enagh Youth Forum expressed delight at the news that the Department for the Environment (DOE), the Department for Regional Development and a private company all put forward £50,000 each towards the creation of a play park.

“Residents and young people across Strtahfoyle are highly delighted at this announcement that £150,000 of funding has been secured towards making the play park a reality. This has been the number one community need in the local community now for over 20 years,” said Paul Hughes from Enagh Youth Forum.

Mr Hughes said the final cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £500,000 and called on Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) to come up with the additional funds to allow the construction of the play-park to go ahead.

“The total costs of the state of the art play facility is half a million, but following on from the funding rejection back in August by Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI), a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to secure the funding. “Although we are not quite there yet, this is good news and the onus is now on DCSDC to make the project a reality and come up with the additional funds required to ensure that the project happens.”

Mr. Hughes said that money granted by the DOE, DRD and from a private company is proof that working together is the best way for a community to function.

“This recent progress has only been made possible through the help from a wide range of people and groups, we at Enagh Youth Forum would like to take the time to thank them all: Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan; DSD Minister, Mervyn Storey; Mayor of Derry and Strabane Elisha McCallion; DUP councillor, Graham Warke; Dr. Anne McCloskey; Commissioner for Children and Young People in the North, Koulla Yiasouma; all of the local community and youth groups and perhaps most importantly, the people who live in Strathfoyle.”

“We would encourage all stakeholders to continue to work together to make this much needed and long overdue project a reality,” added Mr. Hughes.