Sunday sees years of hard work and planning come to fruition with the official opening of the Children’s Playground at Muff Community Park.
A Multi-Use Games area has already been provided, with the support of the National Lottery, Sports Capital Fund. Now an open parkland area is also nearing completion, bringing total spend on the project to date to €380,000. It’s one of the biggest community projects currently under construction in the Inishowen peninsula.
Muff Community Development Co-op (MCDC) is an umbrella group for 25 groups in the area and is the main community development organisation for Muff. The group has been working tirelessly for many years to see their dream of establishing a much needed children’s playground in Muff.
Spokesperson Mura McLaughlin explained: “The village of Muff and its surrounding areas have seen a four-fold increase in population since the year 2000. However social infrastructure has not kept up to pace with these developments.
“Muff Community Development Co-op (MCDC) believes the opening of the children’s playground helps address this absence of facilities and will also help build a sense of community pride among residents.”
The children’s playground, costing €217,000, has been funded largely through a €150,000 grant from Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP) via the Leader programme, with the remainder coming from local contributions and fundraising.
The contract for construction of the playground was awarded to Hawthorn Heights Ltd. after an open tender process, and is supervised by McCullagh Architecture & Surveying.
Mr McLaughlin went on: “The management committee is grateful to IDP, Seamus McLaughlin and family who donated the land, and to businesses, local community and voluntary groups and families who have also contributed or otherwise helped raise funds. “
Despite all of these great efforts, the project faces a shortfall of €25,000. Muff Community Development Co-op (MCDC) is addressing this through a successful, on-going fundraising campaign which has raised €8,500 since its launch in November 2012.
Mr McLaughlin says anyone wishing to contribute can do so by donating €20 (online or in the resource centre) and receive a ‘Metre of Muff’ certificate which entitles them to a virtual metre of the completed Muff Community Park, They can also part-sponsor a piece of equipment or volunteer to raise funds. All contributions will be acknowledged on www.muffcommunityforum.ie and at the completed park.
The opening of the children’s playground at 3pm on Sunday 14th July is an opportunity for everyone in the area to celebrate the achievements of Muff Community Development Co-op (MCDC) and the local community.
Enjoy the opening in a festive atmosphere with BBQ food, ice-cream, face-painting, lucky dip, fun and games. Children of all ages can try out the many fun, colourful pieces of play equipment such the Whirly, Clatter Walk, and Boogie-Woogie Jukebox!