Play park is a ‘dream come true’ for Glack children - councillor

The Deputy Mayor of Limavady Colr. Orla Beattie with children at the playground in Glack were refurbishment work has started thanks to a petition started by Chloe Anderson, right. (1408PG02)

The Deputy Mayor of Limavady Colr. Orla Beattie with children at the playground in Glack were refurbishment work has started thanks to a petition started by Chloe Anderson, right. (1408PG02)

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Glack children are celebrating this week with the completion of their play park after waiting more than a year.

The project has been campaigned for by SDLP councillor Orla Beattie, who has been pushing for the upgrade since her election in 2011.

The local SDLP councillor said with rural communities “finding it challenging to provide facilities for children”, the completed play park will be all the more welcome in Glack.

Colr. Beattie said: “This is a dream come true and I am so grateful to Limavady Borough Council for all their time and energy to make this project one which will serve the Glack Community for many years to come.

“The installation of the new equipment and safety surfacing is nearing completion and we hope to have the facility open for its first customers this week.

“Rural communities are finding it challenging to provide facilities for children and Glack is very fortunate to have their play park upgraded at this time.

“Parents need to know that their children are safe when in the play park and the new play park meets those concerns and addresses all the modern day health and safety requirements which are essential to avoid unnecessary injuries.”

The enlarged play park will be able to cater for different age groups in a much safer environment and provide hours of fun and entertainment, she said.

“I always remember there being a play park in the Glack area from when I was a child, but it was very basic.

“It was just a slide, and monkey bars - that was it - but it was great, as simple as it was. This new, upgraded park will be a major hit.

“During the summer holidays, practically everyday, I have been asked every day the kids ‘when are they putting in the swings? We can’t wait!’.

“So, it should be completed by today and that will make a lot of very kids and their parents happy in the Glack area!”

Colr. Beattie said the children who use the play park take great pride in it, look after it really well and “ that’s great to see”.

“It’s kept really well and that’s a reflection on the kids,” she said.

Colr. Beattie said there are, “other issues in our rural community including road safety”.

“These are well underway following months of fruitful discussions with Roads Service personnel,” she revealed.

“Included in proposals, currently under consideration, is the possibility of introducing a 30 mile per hour speed limit in the built-up area something I’d support if it is to reduce the risk of death or injury to pedestrians,” she added.