New play park included in plan for Ballyarnett

The Ballyarnett Country Park Steering Group with the plans.

The Ballyarnett Country Park Steering Group with the plans.

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

The Ballyarnett Country Park Steering Group this week reviewed the final plans for the play park.

The play park is one of a number of major projects expected to be introduced at the park, which encompasses a large 110-acre tract of land off Ballyarnett Road.

One of the members of the Steering Group, Sinn Féin Councillor Tony Hassan, said of the project: “I welcome the proposals contained in plans for the Ballyarnett Country Park .

“The Ballyarnett Country Park can provide a wide range of opportunities and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area.

“This is one of best assets this city has but has been under-utilised for many years. And I believe it has nowhere reached its full potential yet in providing parklands and facilities for residents in the local area and for the city as a whole.”

Councillor Hassan added: “The plans include additional play facilities, biodiversity projects, walking and cycling routes and act as a venue for the arts and sporting sectors.

“It offers a real opportunity to build the foundations for the next five to ten years and put in place something the entire community can be proud of.”

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