New play park for Rose Court

Sinn F�in candidate Christopher Jackson. (0702MM30)
Sinn F�in candidate Christopher Jackson. (0702MM30)

A Waterside community worker has welcomed news that funding is in place to build a new play park in the Top of the Hill area.

Christopher Jackson, who is standing as a Sinn Féin candidate in the upcoming local government elections, said the park will be built on an open space at Rose Court.

Mr Jackson said it would help address the lack of facilities for children in the Top of the Hill area.

“As a father of two young children, I am acutely aware of the need for play provision in the Top of the Hill area. There are a large number of children in the area and they have nowhere to play,” he said.

“So it is great news for the area that the play park is imminent. The community workers in the area are to be commended for their hard work in bringing this about,” he added.

The community worker said funding for the new park has been secured from the Department of Social Development.

“The site of the new play park is the same site as a previous park and currently it’s a derelict open space. In the past, the site was a magnet for anti-community behaviour,” he said.

The election candidate also called for the park to be gated at night. “Sinn Féin members carried out a survey with residents in the area around the proposed site of the play park, asking them for their views. The residents were largely enthusiastic although there were a few concerns about the park attracting anti-community behaviour, as it did before. While play provision is much needed, it cannot come at the expense of community safety where there might be a repeat of the incidents of nightly disturbance and noise. I will ensure that when Derry City Council is designing the play park, they design a gated park that can be safely locked.”