New play space for kids in Dungiven

Aaron Cassidy as probably the youngest child present, was chosen to cut the ribbon to officially open the new play area at Finvola Park Dungiven on Saturday. Aaron was accompanied by his Uncle Gareth O'Doherty, and is pictured together with some of the children who attended the opening. INLV5014-372KDR
Aaron Cassidy as probably the youngest child present, was chosen to cut the ribbon to officially open the new play area at Finvola Park Dungiven on Saturday. Aaron was accompanied by his Uncle Gareth O'Doherty, and is pictured together with some of the children who attended the opening. INLV5014-372KDR

Children living in a Dungiven housing estate are enjoying a new play space close to their homes thanks to work by Limavady Council.

The new play area at Finvola Park opened officially on Saturday and, according to Jimmy McArthur of Limavady Borough Council, children have a safe space to play, off the road and away from traffic.

“We softened up the area and put in a kickabout area for children and a few things for them to play on. There are also some seats for parents to enjoy,” said Mr McArthur, who said local school children will be invited to draw murals on boarding erected in the play area.

Mr McArthur said the project cost in the region of £10,000. He also made an appeal to anyone using the area with dogs to clean up after their pets.

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McGlinchey praised Limavady Council for their work on the project.

“In fairnes to Limavady Council, and the parents themselves, they’ve done a great job in making a safe community space for people who live in Finvola Park to take ownership of. Something similar was completed in Rannyglass two years ago and it is hoped a similar scheme can be completed in Ard na Smoll,” said Colr. McGlinchey

“It’s great for parents because their children now have somewhere safe to play and it means they can take a bit of ownership of the area too.”