City’s second inclusive park reopens following upgrade works

Official opening of the O'Brien's Park Playground by Gerald Mitchell - Mayor of the City and County of Limerick. Photo: Kieran Ryan-Benson.

LIMERICK City’s second inclusive playground has opened following an almost €100,000 upgrade.

O’Brien’s Park on Clare Street was officially reopened by Mayor of Limerick City and County councillor Gerald Mitchell.

The play area has been increased and resurfaced and now includes a number of features to make play more accessible and inclusive including wheelchair accessible equipment.

The works have been completed by Browne Brothers Site Services who were successful in securing the contract following a tendering process.

The project cost a total of €88,000, with €50,000 of the funding coming from Limerick City North Councillors. The balance was provided by Limerick Sports Partnership and the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth.

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Mayor Mitchell welcomed the completion of the city’s second inclusive playground: “O’Brien Park provides another space where children can freely express themselves, embracing both physical and creative adventures in a carefully designed, risk-friendly environment.”

“At Limerick City and County Council we believe in the significance of providing inclusive play areas, ensuring every child, including those in wheelchairs, can revel in the joy of public play parks,” the Mayor said.

Senior Executive Engineer, Environment and Climate Action at Limerick City and County Council, Carmel Lynch commented: “The Council are committed to providing inclusive play facilities, allowing children of all abilities to play safely together.For us, inclusivity is not just a goal, it goes to the heart of our vibrant, welcoming community.”

The new playground at O’Brien’s Park features monkey bars, a wheelchair accessible trampoline, senior swings with two flat seats, and one basket seat, junior swings with one cradle seat, and inclusive seat, an inclusive springer, a wheelchair accessible roundabout, and more.