£135k park is ‘wheelie’ great

Former Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maoliosa McHugh pictured with Cianan Campbell (Model PS) at the new playpark. Included are Aine Downey, Cllr Darren O'Reilly, Paul McNaught and Damian Mulholland, Department for Communities, Karen Phillips, Director of Environment and Regeneration, DCSDC, Conor Canning, Head of Environment, DCSDC and Dalton Keogh.
Former Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maoliosa McHugh pictured with Cianan Campbell (Model PS) at the new playpark. Included are Aine Downey, Cllr Darren O'Reilly, Paul McNaught and Damian Mulholland, Department for Communities, Karen Phillips, Director of Environment and Regeneration, DCSDC, Conor Canning, Head of Environment, DCSDC and Dalton Keogh.

Derry City and Strabane District Council has officially opened Brooke Park’s new wheelchair friendly play area to the public.

The £135k project, including a funding contribution of £45k from the Department for Communities, was completed by contractors All Play Ireland and includes a wheelchair friendly swing, a wheelchair see-saw and carousel and a hexagonal rocking plate.

Former Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maoliosa McHugh pictured with Cianan Campbell (Model PS. On right is Dalton Keogh. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

Former Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maoliosa McHugh pictured with Cianan Campbell (Model PS. On right is Dalton Keogh. (Photos: Jim McCafferty Photography)

The equipment is an addition to the existing play infrastructure which was upgraded as part of the park’s £6.5 million regeneration works completed in September 2016.

Former Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh, officially opened the play area to the public last week and said he was delighted that the play facilities at the park were now even more accessible to the public.

“I am delighted that wheelchair users from across the City and District can now be accommodated at the play area in Brooke Park,” he said.

“The new wheelchair friendly equipment is state of the art and offers a clean and safe environment for families of disabled and able bodied children to come together and enjoy the outdoors.

Young Cianan Campbell (Model PS), one of the first youngsters to try out the swing at Brooke Park's new wheelchair friendly play area. (Photos: JIm McCafferty Photography)

Young Cianan Campbell (Model PS), one of the first youngsters to try out the swing at Brooke Park's new wheelchair friendly play area. (Photos: JIm McCafferty Photography)

“The delivery of an ambitious programme of play areas, across our Council area is a key element of the Strategic Growth Plan and I would like to acknowledge the funding from the Department for Communities which helped make the latest strand of that programme a reality.”

Damian Mulholland from the Department for Communities also welcomed the opening of the play area: “This new wheelchair friendly play area is a fantastic addition to the recently renovated Brooke Park. It will ensure improved access to the wide range of facilities and services in this beautiful historic park.”

Community representative Dalton Kehoe added: “There is great excitement among the community in Brooke Park as this is the first council facility with disability access for children and it has been widely welcomed by one and all”.

The Wheelchair Swing will be made accessible to all eligible users following induction and training. Users will be required to register with Council’s Parks Manager, who will give an induction on the safe operational use of this piece of equipment. Thereafter, they will be given a key unlock to the swing for their use.

For information on Parks within the Council Area, contact Parks Development Manager at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Colin Kennedy on (028) 71365151 Ext 6816 or Colin.Kennedy@derrystrabane.com.