Limerick council’s lifeline for People’s Park playground

Cllr Elisa O'Donovan at the existing People's Park playground.

THE appointment of a contractor to deliver the new playground at the People’s Park in Limerick City has been widely welcomed by local councillors.

Social Democrats councillor Elisa O’Donovan proposed at this Monday’s Metropolitan District meeting that the upgrade works on the children’s playground be started without delay.

She was informed by Council management that a potential start date in June has now been identified, which takes into consideration the lead in time for the delivery of equipment.

Cllr O’Donovan had pointed out that the playground in the People’s Park was in an absolute state of disrepair and needed to be improved urgently. She expressed her frustration that despite funding being allocated from council members’ GMA (General Municipal Allocation) for the project, there was still “no movement”.

€150,000 has been allocated to the playground upgrade with €50,000 being allocated by each of the three Metropolitan districts.

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“It offers a place to play for children living in apartments and is well used by all the city schools,” Cllr O’Donovan told the meeting.

Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler supported her call and told the executive that young children living in apartments in the city, needed the “lifeline” the playground provided for them.

“We need to prioritise the issue. The issue is about wellbeing as well as play,” Cllr Butler opined.

Councillors were informed upgrade works would commence in June and include accessible play equipment.