Strathfoyle play park ‘much needed’

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

Derry City and Strabane District Council (DCSDC) have said they are supportive of plans to build a “much needed” play park in the Strathfoyle area.

“DCSDC remains supportive of the plans to develop a new play area for Strathfoyle,” said a spokesperson.

“Council are currently considering all potential funding opportunities and remains committed to working in partnership with key stakeholders to progress the much-needed play provision in the Strathfoyle area.”

Earlier this week it was announced that the Strathfoyle community had secured £150,000 from the Department for the Environment (DOE), Department for Regional Development (DRD) and a private company to deliver on their cammpaigh for play park provision in the area.

After the funding had been secured, Paul Hughes, from Strathfoyle community group, Enagh Youth Forum, called on DCSDC to come with additional funding to make the play park a reality.

“Residents and young people across Strathfoyle 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 Mr. Hughes.

Mr Hughes said the final cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £500,000 and called on 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.”