Chairperson of Balrothery Community Association, Kevin Tolan said ‘’on behalf of the Balrothery Community, I would like to thank both Fingal County Council and the Dept of Rural & Community Development for co-funding this project. The community in Balrothery has worked closely with the Planning & Strategic Infrastructure Department of Fingal County Council to develop a plan for recreational hub in Glebe Park, with the Playground and Multi-Use Games Area being central pieces of the plan. The winning design has really met the design brief which asked for a unique ‘Themed Playground’ that not only provided natural play space but also represented the Medieval Heritage of Balrothery, ‘The Town of the Knight’. To have a local playground in Balrothery Village will transform how families interact within the community. The park will become a focal point for families to walk to, and to meet each other, and to talk to each other.
These seem like such a simple and a basic things, but they’re such an important thing as it helps knit our rapidly growing community together and helps children and parents to make new friendships, and any day you make a new friend is a good day. This project also caters for the older children of Balrothery who may see themselves as too old for a playground as they will be able to play basketball and football on an enclosed all-weather astro-turf surface so with both the playground and MUGA being co-located, this will allow parents of children of different ages to supervise both areas simultaneously.We wish to acknowledge work of the staff in Fingal County Council, in particular the progressive approach of Kevin Halpenny & Marc Coyle who encouraged direct community input into the design brief which included 297 school surveys from Balrothery National School and that is why I feel this playground design is unique to Balrothery. I especially need to give credit to the residents who volunteer their time with Balrothery Community Association, they are the driving force behind this project and who worked many hours on sourcing funding for this project. Living in Balrothery I see the amount of young children today playing on roads so it is our duty to work and try and provide amenities for the children of Balrothery and when this Playground is open, I am sure they will give it the ultimate test and provide the only feedback that really matters & i really hope they like it !